Lithuania’s development cooperation policy is an integral part of Lithuania’s foreign policy aimed at these objectives:
Implementing the European Union’s development cooperation policy, Lithuanian representatives participate in the activities of the European Union Council Working Parties on Development Cooperation (CODEV), the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA, cooperate with the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. By participating in the European Development Fund and the Development Cooperation Instrument Committees, Lithuania, together with other EU Member States, adopts decisions on the implementation of the EU’s development policy.
In accordance with the Programme of the Government for 2012–2016 and the Development Cooperation Policy Guidelines of Lithuania for 2014-2016, the priority of Lithuania’s development cooperation policy is the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
When providing assistance to the partner countries, attention first of all is devoted to democracy and civil society, strengthening of the administrative capacities and European integration processes of the countries, human rights, in particular, equal opportunities for women and men, fostering of historical and cultural heritage, protection of the interests of the disabled, children and other most vulnerable groups in society, and enhancement of disaster resilience of communities.
Particular attention is paid to development cooperation activities with Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Since the EU Association Agreements were signed with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on 27 June 2014, the relevance of assistance that helps implement these Agreements increased, therefore Lithuanian experts provide consultations and technical assistance for the purpose of properly implementing these Agreements.
Implementing its international commitments and seeking to ensure visibility of Lithuania’s development cooperation policy within the international arena, Lithuania provides multilateral development assistance through obligatory and voluntary contributions and payments to the funds and international organisations carrying out or coordinating development cooperation activities. Taking into consideration the needs, foreign policy priorities of developing countries and its own financial capacities, Lithuania provides assistance to other states included into the list of ODA recipients of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Thus, Lithuania reinforces its role in the United Nations, the European Council, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the World Trade Organisation, and other international organisations and strengthens its political, economic and cultural relations with various countries.
The Department of Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the implementation and coordination of Lithuanian development cooperation policy.