9.1 General context
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Romania became a donor of official development assistance (ODA) in 2007, after having joined the European Union. Its development cooperation policy is coordinated in relation with Romania’s foreign policy. As mentioned in the National Strategy on the international development cooperation policy (2006), Romania’s development cooperation policy consists of supporting people in developing countries, including low- and medium-income countries. As a EU member, Romania can provide development assistance to countries and territories mentioned in the OECD-DAC list of ODA recipient countries, both through bilateral-driven efforts geared at development cooperation and by joining EU efforts in the field. The overall objective of Romania’s development cooperation policy is to support partner countries’ efforts to implement their own national development strategies.
Development education is one of the strategic areas for Romania’s development cooperation policy. Romania works to educate its own citizens, experts and practitioners, to work towards ensuring a good understanding of the values and needs of its partner countries and the delivery of efficient development cooperation programmes. Development education targets groups and individuals, young people and adults, juniors and experts in the field, by using methods and tools specific to each target group.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is the main institution in charge of managing and implementing the national development cooperation policy.
No information is available on any study that would show the youth interest in global issues.