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Lithuania's Official Development Assistance (ODA)


In 2016, preliminary data show that ODA reached USD 58 million (0.14% of GNI). In 2015, Lithuania’s net ODA amounted to USD 48 million, representing an increase of 26% in real terms over 2014. The ODA/GNI ratio rose from 0.10% to 0.12%.

The Law on Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid, adopted in 2013 and updated in 2016, provides the framework for Lithuania’s development co-operation policy and outlines its mission, goals, principles, priorities, responsibilities and financing. The main principles of Lithuania’s development co-operation are: partnership with partner countries, partner country’s ownership, solidarity, efficiency, transparency and responsibility, co-ordination and complementarity, and policy coherence. In 2016, Lithuania adopted a new inter-governmental Development Cooperation Action Plan for the period 2017-19, which aims to support effective development policies in line with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and in accordance with the needs of partner countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for implementing and co-ordinating Lithuania’s development co-operation.

In 2015, Lithuania provided its bilateral development co-operation mostly to Ukraine and Belarus. The main sectors for Lithuania’s bilateral development co-operation were education, humanitarian aid, and governance and civil society. Lithuania provides its bilateral development co-operation mostly in the form of small-scale technical co-operation projects.

Multilateral ODA accounted for 80% of Lithuania’s total ODA in 2015, provided primarily through the European Union (accounting for 84% of its multilateral ODA in 2015), as well as through the World Bank Group (10%) and the United Nations (4%).

Lithuania is an OECD accession country.

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