With the Eastern Partnership, the European Union aims to strengthen the political linkage and economic integration of its eastern neighbors Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The Austrian Development Cooperation supports its partner countries Armenia, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova on this path. How exactly is defined in the "Framework Strategy of Austrian Development Cooperation with the EU Eastern Partner Countries". The national priorities of the individual countries and their existing relations with the EU are guiding principles.

The three countries face specific challenges and transformation processes with the aim of enhancing the resilience of the population, especially of women and vulnerable groups. Support to gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment will be emphasized throughout the implementation of programmes. The ADC’s objectives and thematic focus areas in each partner country are embedded within the EU joint programming approach.

The Austrian Development Cooperation aims to improve the living conditions of people in its partner countries and to advance local economic development, especially in rural areas. To this end, it advocates inclusive, accountable, transparent and effective institutions, especially at the decentralized level. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are at the forefront of all its measures.

Conflict-sensitive approach

Armenia, Georgia as well as the Republic of Moldova are confronted with unresolved conflicts that complicate sustainable development. Austrian Development Cooperation therefore relies on a conflict-sensitive approach: its programs and projects must not exacerbate tensions; in addition, there are specific measures that contribute indirectly or directly to conflict prevention and peacekeeping. Additional confidence-building measures in the economic, environmental, social or cultural fields aim to increase transparency and trust between the conflict parties. This is intended to reduce tensions or the risk of escalation.