16/11/2022 - Lithuania has become the 31st member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation.
The OECD Development Assistance Committee welcomes Lithuania as its 31st member:
DAC Chair Susanna Moorehead with Lithuanian First Deputy Chancellor Rolandas Kriščiūnas and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Kerri-Ann Jones.
Credit: OECD/Andrew Wheeler
Lithuania’s accession to the DAC comes after a significant period of expansion and investment in its development co-operation activities, programmes and system. Lithuania’s official development assistance (ODA) is expected to exceed USD 100 million in 2022, in part as a result of its strong humanitarian and development support for Ukraine and in support of Ukrainian refugees in the wake of Russia’s war of aggression.
Lithuania’s bilateral development co-operation is concentrated in the European Union Eastern Partnership (EaP) Region, with additional activities in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
This co-operation is based on sharing Lithuania’s democratic transition experience and expertise, including in areas where it has a recognised comparative advantage, such as public administration reforms and digitalisation, support for democracy and human rights. The majority of Lithuania’s multilateral assistance goes to meeting its commitments to the European Union, World Bank Group and United Nations’ agencies. However, Lithuania is now increasing its voluntary contributions to multilateral organisations and other partners, such as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF.
Lithuania has been a member of the OECD since 2018. Its accession to the DAC brings another OECD member into the committee, contributing to the DAC's global relevance and influence and is the first since Hungary’s accession in 2016.
Further information on the OECD Development Assistance Committee is available at: http://www.oecd.org/dac/.
For further information, journalists are invited to contact Kerri Elgar, senior policy analyst in the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate (+33 1 4524 7651) or the OECD Media Office (+33 1 4524 9700).
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