Corruption is a symptom of poor governance and a major development problem in itself. Preventing and combating corruption is a major goal of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation. Combating corruption is essential for sustainable development, as also emphasised in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations. Based on international guidelines, such as the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the final document of the High Level Forum in Busan, the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the OECD DAC Principles for Donor Action in Anti-Corruption, Austria is committed to preventing and combating both internal and external corruption. 

Austrian Development Cooperation is engaged in the external prevention and control of corruption in the priority countries:


  • Strengthening capacities of governments and civil-society organisations in Africa and in South Eastern Europe in combating corruption and their contribution to implementing the UN Convention against Corruption 


  • Support to the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)

ADA is actively engaged in international, donor-harmonising processes, particularly the Anti-Corruption Task Team located at the OECD Development Assistance Committee.