Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1966.
In 2011, Austria’s net ODA amounted to USD 1.11 billion. Compared to 2010 – the year when Austrian ODA recovered after dipping significantly in 2008 and 2009 – the 2011 ODA level represents a drop in real terms of 14.3%.
Despite rising to 0.32% in 2010, the Austrian ODA to GNI ratio fell short of the EU intermediate target of 0.51% for that year and contracted to 0.27% in 2011. 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 as domestic budget cuts have been announced that will run until 2014.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2012 (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.