OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Austria 2020

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The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined once every five to six years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation activities of the member under review and its approach to fragility, crisis and humanitarian assistance.

Austria prioritises its multilateral engagement, advocates actively on global challenges such as security and environmental sustainability, and demonstrates regional leadership. The Austrian Development Agency is delivering quality development assistance to Austria’s priority partner countries but is responsible for only a small share of Austria’s total official development assistance (ODA) effort. In the absence of a single, overarching policy vision, Austria’s ODA remains fragmented. This review looks at the opportunities for Austria to achieve a more co-ordinated and coherent whole-of-government approach. It also emphasises the need for Austria to develop a plan to increase its aid budget in line with its commitment to allocate 0.7% of its gross national income to ODA.


Austria’s policy vision and framework

This chapter assesses the extent to which clear political directives, policies and strategies shape Austria’s development co-operation and reflect its international commitments, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.It starts by looking at the policy framework guiding development co‑operation, assessing whether Austria has a clear policy vision that aligns with the 2030 Agenda and reflects its own strengths. It then considers whether Austria’s policy guidance sets out a clear and comprehensive approach, including to poverty and fragility. The final section focuses on the decision-making basis, i.e. whether Austria’s policy provides sufficient guidance for decisions about where and how to allocate its official development assistance.


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