OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Austria 2020

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Published on February 27, 2020

The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined once every five to six years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation activities of the member under review and its approach to fragility, crisis and humanitarian assistance.Austria prioritises its multilateral engagement, advocates actively on global challenges such as security and environmental sustainability, and demonstrates regional leadership. The Austrian Development Agency is delivering quality development assistance to Austria’s priority partner countries but is responsible for only a small share of Austria’s total official development assistance (ODA) effort. In the absence of a single, overarching policy vision, Austria’s ODA remains fragmented. This review looks at the opportunities for Austria to achieve a more co-ordinated and coherent whole-of-government approach. It also emphasises the need for Austria to develop a plan to increase its aid budget in line with its commitment to allocate 0.7% of its gross national income to ODA.


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Findings from the 2020 Development Co-operation Peer Review of Austria (Infographic)
The DAC’s main findings and recommendations
Progress since the 2015 DAC peer review recommendations
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Field visit to Kosovo
Organisational charts
Secretariat’s report7 chapters available
Austria’s global efforts for sustainable development
Austria’s policy vision and framework
Austria’s financing for development
Austria’s structure and systems
Austria’s delivery modalities and partnerships
Austria’s results, evaluation and learning
Austria’s approach to fragility, crises and humanitarian assistance
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A good practice excerpt from the peer review: Austria’s support for the global sustainable energy agenda

Austria has sought to position Vienna as a platform for international energy diplomacy, with several Vienna-based organisations working to accelerate electricity access and increase the share of renewable and affordable energy.

The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres, hosted in Vienna by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and supported by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)[i], represents an innovative South-South and triangular multi-stakeholder partnership. Austria’s support since 2010 has led to the establishment of seven regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE) Centres covering West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Region, Central America and the Himalayas. In addition to providing financial support in the form of risk capital, and seconding experts, high-level political engagement by Austria has helped to bring in the support of other donors.

The centres aim to create an enabling environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a focus on de-risking and scaling up clean and safe energy business models to create integrated and inclusive regional markets for sustainable energy. The focus on working in partnership with participating states as well as other regional actors – such as utility organisations, regulatory authorities, and financial institutions – helps to generate long-term national and regional ownership.

Source: (MFA, 2019), DAC Peer Review Memorandum; (UNIDO, 2015), UNIDO Energy Programme: The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres,

[i] Austria uses the term Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) to refer to the bilateral development co‑operation for which the MFA and ADA are responsible in priority countries, territories and regions (MFA, 2019). It only makes up a small part of bilateral ODA. ADA is described as the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation.

Read chapter 1 of the peer review for more on Austria’s support for the global sustainable energy agenda

Austria's implementation of peer review recommendations from 2015

 Donut pie chart displaying Austria's implemntation of recommendations

Read about the implementation of the 2015 recommendations (Annex A)

 About this review

Austria's peer review history

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