Development cooperation

General principles

Development Cooperation in the Tyrol is targeted at projects that contribute to the improvement of the economic, social and cultural situation of particularly disadvantaged people in developing countries. The basic aims are combating extreme poverty by securing peace, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable economic development and helping people to help themselves.

The principle of partnership

A project that is to be financed with public funds from the Tyrol must be based on cooperation between a Tyrolean contact group or person and an organisation with an active group in one of the target areas. They use their own initiative as partners to contribute to the project goals.

The principle of project promotion

Development Cooperation in the Tyrol is designed to promote projects rather than simply make donations. Travel costs and organisational costs can only be met if they are essential for project implementation. Priority is given to projects and measures that include an investment in education, health and community institutions. Support is also provided to infrastructural institutions involved in supplying the population with local products, water and electricity. The projects must be self-supporting on a foreseeable timescale, which is why operating and personnel costs are excluded.

The principle of personal responsibility

The partners are expected to develop individual projects in line with political aims and processes required by the people themselves. This is the only way to guarantee the sustainabilityof the projects and programmes, as self-empowered project implementation is the best way of ensuring continuity.

The principle of suitability

Sponsors must match their programmes to the needs of the partner countries to achieve efficient and targeted aid, particularly in the fight against poverty. The partner countries are best equipped to analyse the challenges involved.

The principle of harmonisation

In the interest of efficiency and rational project co-ordination, the rules, regulations, reporting duties and accounting systems should be simplified and harmonised as far as possible.

The principle of monitored results

There is a need to check whether the desired results have actually been achieved. In this way possible mistakes in the running of the projects can be recognised and corrected, and planning for future projects improved in problem areas.

The principle of mutual accountability

To achieve a partnership based on equality, it is necessary to accept equal responsibility for the success of the programmes and projects involved.