Austria - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2015
Austria should set timeframe for 0.7% development aid target, says OECD
Austria should set a timeframe to increase its aid budget in line with a pledge to allocate 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) to development aid, according to an OECD Review.
Austria has stabilised its aid budget since a sharp drop in 2009 that was due largely to a fall in debt relief operations. However, it missed a target to raise its official development assistance to 0.51% of GNI in 2010 and its ODA stood at 0.28% of GNI in 2013, despite a 2.6% rise in aid spending to EUR 882 million.
Austria is a team player and actively engages in joint work
Austria actively supports and engages in donor co-ordination in the field. It is also fully committed to, and works in line with, the EU framework and actively supports the EU Code of Conduct on the Division of Labour. For example, in Moldova it takes the lead in the water and sanitation operations in the Nisporeni district. Austria also uses delegated co-operation and silent partnerships as means of increasing aid effectiveness and reducing transaction costs in the long term. The programme in Moldova clearly demonstrates Austria’s ability to identify opportunities for delegated co-operation in line with the EU Agenda for Change. This is also a clear objective in the ADA’s business model.