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Hungary - the Development Assistance Committee’s 30th Member

 

The OECD DAC welcomes Hungary as its 30th member

Hungary has been an active provider of development co‑operation since 2004 when it joined the European Union. Since then, Hungary has almost doubled the volume of its official development assistance (ODA) which reached USD 156 million, or 0.13% of the country’s gross national income (GNI), in 2015. Hungary has also developed its legislative and strategic frameworks and reformed its institutional systems, to provide more effective development co-operation.

At its meeting on 6 December 2016, the DAC invited Hungary to join the committee. Hungary accepted this invitation and, in a letter addressed to the OECD Secretary‑General, pledged to fulfil obligations of DAC membership.

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Key priority countries for Hungary

Hungary focuses its bilateral development co-operation on eight strategic partners (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine), as well as on several project-based partners in the Western Balkans (Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro), Eastern Europe (Belarus and Georgia), the Middle East (Iraq and the West Bank and Gaza Strip), Asia (Cambodia, Mongolia and Viet Nam) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania). Hungary shares its transition experience with these countries and supports the development of economic-related infrastructure (e.g. in water management and water resouce development).

 

Hungary’s development co-operation system 

‌‌Hungary's development co-operation organisation chart

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has overall responsibility for formulating Hungary’s development co-operation policy and for co-ordinating aid activities.

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The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme 

The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme is a significant component of Hungary’s technical co-operation and knowledge transfer. The programme was created in 2013 to facilitate economic and cultural development in sending countries as well as to promote economic and diplomatic relations and increase mutual understanding. Beneficiaries of the scholarship take home the know-how and good practices acquired in Hungary.

The programme is implemented by the Ministry for Human Capacities in co-ordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As of September 2016, 3,500 students from over 30 developing countries had participated in the programme of which over 80% have returned to their countries of origin. The programme’s budget for 2016 was USD 16 million and is estimated at USD 50 million for 2017. Further information is available at: http://www.tka.hu/international-programmes/2966/stipendium-hungaricum

 

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