Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1966.
In 2012, Austria’s net ODA amounted to USD 1.11 billion. Compared to 2011, when Austrian ODA dropped in real terms by 14%, the 2012 ODA volume represents a 6.1% increase. This increase is mainly due to debt relief operations within sub-Saharan Africa.
After rising to 0.32% in 2010, the Austrian ODA to GNI ratio contracted to 0.27% in 2011, falling short of the EU intermediate target of 0.51%. Austria has reaffirmed its commitment to reach the EU target of 0.7% ODA/GNI but recognises that it will not be able to do so by the deadline of 2015 due to domestic budget cuts. In 2012, the ODA/GNI was 0.28%, much lower than Austria’s expected target (0.47%) due to planned debt cancellation for Sudan over 2012-14.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2013 (DCR)
Austria’s official development assistance (ODA) was 0.42% of its gross national income (GNI) in 2008, putting it in 11th place among OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors. Austria’s net ODA fell by 14% to USD1.7 billion from 2007 to 2008, due to a lower level of debt relief grants provided in 2008.
Austria has committed within a framework of international agreements to gender equality and women’s empowerment through gender mainstreaming. The evaluation of Austria's development co-operation gender policy, however, found that the relevance of the gender policy document itself appears to be rather limited. Although Austrian Development Cooperation staff are aware of this issue, they do not yet use it for providing guidance for their work.