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The Private Sector Development policy framework has been a key theme for the Austrian Development Cooperation since the establishment of ADA in 2004. ADC’s 3-year programs have all stressed that economic development is as a prerequisite for long-term poverty reduction and that investments, including foreign direct investments, are key mechanisms for creating jobs and government revenues through taxes.
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The Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR), is based on the Strategy for Higher Education and Scientific Cooperation of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and intends to implement the Strategy’s defined principles, specifications and best standards. The length of the first programme phase is five years and began in 2010.
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An overarching Austrian strategy for development cooperation is missing. There arevarious attempts to create coherence in Austrian development policy, but they are very general in nature and overruled by the Guidelines for the Federal Finances.
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The Guidelines are intended to support project partners which implement projects or programmes supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) during the process of planning, commissioning and managing project and programme evaluations.
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This report is a summary of an evaluation of the Business/Development Partnership (WiPa) Program conducted between March and December 2008 by the Global Public Policy Institute.