9.2 Administration and governance
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Major actors of Austrian development policy
- The Federal Government
- The Federal Parliament
- The nine Federal States (Bundesländer)
- Cities and municipalities (Städte und Gemeinden)
- Austrian Development Agency
- Austrian Development Bank (österreichische Entwicklungsbank)
- Organisations of the Austrian civil society
- Scientific and educational institutions
- Citizens engaged in voluntary work
- Social partners and chambers
- Private sector/Austrian businesses/Austrian Economic Chambers
The Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Combating poverty, ensuring peace and preserving the environment are the three major concerns of Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (Bundesministerium für Europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten). ADA funds about 650 projects and programmes annually with a total of EUR 500 million. ADA is primarily engaged water supply and sanitation, renewable energy, climate protection, agriculture and forestry, private sector & development as well as human security, human rights and rule of law projects and programmes. It attaches particular importance in all its programmes and projects to the equal participation of women, taking special account of the needs of minors and persons with disabilities.
Distribution of responsibilities
Based on the Federal Act on Development Cooperation (Bundesgesetz über die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit), the Federal Republic shall provide development cooperation within the framework of its international development policy. The Official Development Assistance encompasses all Austrian official development assistance provided by the federal government, the provinces and municipalities. The Federal Ministries have been tasked with the coherent implementation of the 'Agenda 2030' on sustainable development by a 2016 decision of the Federal Council of Ministers . Thus, the main responsibilities on sustainable development lie with federal authorities. Environmental affairs are handled at all levels of government.
Joint development policy
Cooperation by all relevant actors in the interest of sustainable developmenttakes place in coherence with other policies. Cross-sectorial cooperation takes place at several levels.
Cooperation measures at the policy level:
- Development-policy Jour Fixe, Austrian civil society organisations dialogue, Advisory board for Development Policy, dialogue with the Parliament
- Assessment of environmental and development aspects in Austrian foreign, trade and agricultural policy
Cooperation at the operational level:
- Interministerial working group on policy coherence for development and evaluations.
BINE-Platform – Education for sustainable development Platform (Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung, BINE)
The interministerial platform BINE, has been established in 2004 by the former Federal Ministry of Education and the former Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics. Results of this platform are contributions to the education strategy, participation in preparation and implementation of the EU-Conference 2006 and issuing of the publication of the UN-decade of education for sustainable development.
SDG Watch Austria
SDG Watch Austria has been founded in September 2017 and is a member of SDG Watch Europe, a cross-sectoral alliance of NGOs from social, human rights, development, environment and other relevant sectors. Its goal is to hold governments accountable for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This organisation is not directly funded by the state, but a part of its members are.