The Austrian Development Cooperation is an integral part of Austria’s foreign policy, which aims at promoting balanced social and economic development as well as reducing poverty and promoting stability of its partner countries.
- Department for Development Cooperation of the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Austria is responsible for the formulation and steering of the development policy and its strategic frameworks (www.bmaa.gv.at);
- Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is an operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation and Cooperation with Eastern Europe (ADC). As of its establishment, in 2004, it is responsible for the implementation and administration of the total budget earmarked for bilateral ADC programmes (www.ada.gv.at).
The Three-year Programme on the Austrian Development Policy 2004-2006 identifies the following sectoral focuses and subjects deriving from the Millennium Development Goals:
- Social Sectors - Education, Water supply and Sanitation and Health Measures;
- Production Sectors - Rural Development, MSMEs, Energy; and
- Development Policy Framework - Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Good Governance and Rule of Law, Development of Democratic Structures, Decentralisation, Strengthening of Human Rights and Security.
Furthermore, the document determines the core programme of the Austrian Development Cooperation with Eastern Europe setting the South-Eastern Europe (SEE) as a key cooperation region. Subject priorities defined on a regional level are as follows:
- Water supply and Energy;
- Strengthening the rule of law and civil society;
- Private sector development and improvement of the institutional framework.
The budget of the Austrian Cooperation with Eastern Europe in 2004 was amounted to EUR 15 million. In the past few years, more than 90% of the budget was allocated to South-Eastern Europe.
Austria in the Republic of Macedonia
The budget for the Republic of Macedonia for the period 2009-2012 is amounted to approximately EUR 5,5 million.
After 2012 it is foreseen closure of the development cooperation and focus on other instruments for project cooperation. For more information on completed and underway projects visit the following link: www.sep.gov.mk/cdad
SEA contact persons:
Head of department for bilateral and multilateral assistance
phone: (02) 3200 243
Phone: (02) 32 00 138