ÖFSE was founded in the legal form of a foundation under public law in 1967. The foundation was established with the goal in mind to offer an information, documentation and research centre for issues concerning development policy and development cooperation. The foundation's bodies are now the Supervisory, the Management and the Research Direction. An overview of ÖFSE's current organisation is provided in the organisational chart.
Ms. Anja Appel
Koordinierungsstelle der Österreichischen Bischofskonferenz für internationale Entwicklung und Mission (KOO)
ÖFSE is primarily financed by public funds provided by the Austrian federal government. The main part of these funds is provided by the Austrian Development Agency – ADA. Additional sponsors include church institutions such as the Carol Singing Campaign of the Austrian Catholic Children's movement. Own resources are generated from rental or counselling activities.