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Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is support and humanitarian aid provided from state and municipal budgets to developing countries and territories. The main purpose is to promote long-term and sustainable development in these countries and support them in their efforts to eradicate poverty and integrate into the world economy. The annual ODA accounting is made in compliance with the OECD/DAC statistical reporting directive. 

ODA is provided to the countries and organizations included into the list drawn up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC).

Multilateral development assistance is defined as obligatory and voluntary contributions and payments to the funds, international organisations and international financial institutions carrying out or coordinating development cooperation activities, including the EU budget part.

Bilateral development assistance is defined as support provided from state and municipal budgets to the partner country’s institutions or civil society, including non-governmental organisations, according to their needs.   

Humanitarian aid means the aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters, as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of such situations.