strengthening democratic and accountable institutions, such as courts, parliaments and supreme audit institutions, as well as promoting free media

For the Austrian Development Cooperation, democratisation   entails participation in planning local infrastructure projects as well as  training journalists or promoting free media. Involving the poorest and marginalised population groups in the projects and programs,  Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, enhances  their prospects. It gives them the opportunity for participation and empowerment. Because parliaments perform a key function in the democratic development of a country, as of 2006 Austria supports the Mozambican Parliament and parliaments in Southern Africa in cooperation with the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA).