Funding from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is available in the following cases:

1. Projects/Programmes under country and regional strategies

In its priority countries and key regions, ADA supports governments in implementing national development plans or regional strategies, placing growing emphasis on their administration via national systems, programme-based approaches and funding agreements with organisations and institutions in partner countries.

2. Civil-society engagement

The Civil Society International Unit promotes projects and programmes by Austrian civil-society organisations (CSO) aimed at making a sustainable improvement to living conditions and development prospects of the population in partner countries.

The team for development communication and education in Austria promotes projects by Austrian civil-society organisations (CSOs) to raise public awareness of development-policy issues and global relations.

3. Private sector & development

To harness the potential of the Austrian and/or European private sector for development cooperation, the Austrian Development Agency provides various funding instruments:

4. Humanitarian aid

In the event of specific crises and disasters, humanitarian measures can be financed from the Foreign Disaster Aid Fund, also from the ADA budget, where appropriate.

The partners and modes of assistance are selected in keeping with political and strategic considerations and international development cooperation agreements. This is carried out through:

Competitive tendering: public calls to tender

A number of projects and programmes are implemented following a public call to tender. Tendering procedures are subject to the Austrian Federal Public Procurement Act. Evaluations, studies, trainings and short-term assignments for ongoing projects and programmes are also put out to tender.

Finance based on open application

The Development Cooperation Act (DC Act) provides for funding projects/programmes that organisations plan and apply for on their own initiative. A prerequisite for this is consistency with the goals and strategies of Austrian development policy and co-funding by the applicant. Only development organisations under the DC Act are considered as applicants for assistance.

Finance based on open applications is available for the following:

  • Project and programme activities in ADC priority countries and key regions for applicants based either in Austria or in the priority countries/regions:
  • Project and programme activities in Austria or abroad for supporting civil society, solely for applicants based in Austria:
  • Project and programme activities abroad to support business and industry, solely for applicants based in Austria:
  • Submission of applications for funding (call for proposals) on invitation

    By means of specific calls for proposals, ADA can steer the contents of its projects/programmes and pursue its goals (Three-Year Programme on Austrian Development Cooperation). At the same time, this procedure sets an incentive for non-governmental actors to deploy their resources in Austrian partner countries. Calls are carried out for project and programme activities in priority countries and key regions as part of country and regional strategies as well as for cofinancing and measures in humanitarian aid. The call for proposal procedure is laid down in the DC Act.

    1. Information for applicants based in Austria:

    for initiatives in Austria

    for initiatives abroad

    2. Information for applicants worldwide:

    for initiatives in Austria

    for initiatives abroad


    To bundle resources, ADA participates in pooled funding with other bilateral or multilateral donors. Finance for projects and programmes can also be arranged together. This coordination among donor countries and the resultant division of labour enhance aid effectiveness. Donors can particularly effectively deploy their expertise and specialisation - such as in water supply and sanitation - if funds are available from other donor countries in addition to their own resources. ADA is involved in a so-called delegated cooperation in Moldova. Funds from the EU, Switzerland, Austria and the Republic of Moldova are being deployed there for a drinking water project.