Both international development policy and development cooperation are influenced by international bodies on UN level, international finance institutions(IFIs), the OECD, the European Union and the G20, as well as by large and smaller bilateral “donors”.
ÖFSE closely follows international debates regarding changes in the global political, economic and ecological environment, since these can strongly influence international development policy. Over the past years, ÖFSE has focused its work on the debate to increase the effectiveness of development cooperation (Paris Declaration 2005), on the Busan Partnership agreement 2011 and on discussions concerning the realignment of international development policy, i.e. the debate about the new Post-2015 Development Agenda. Since the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) resolution in September 2015 the new 2030 agenda has become the reference framework of ÖFSE activities. Following the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2015, various amendments are to be made to current international development policy, therefore ÖFSE deals as well with the discussion of the new concept as with the implementation of the sustainable goals in an international context. With the COVID-19 pandemic starting in spring 2020, both the immediate consequences of the pandemic on development processes in the Global South and on development policy and cooperation more widely have been addressed and analysed through a variety of publications and events.
Because the new global reference framework is relevant to the entire field of development research, it is a horizontal aspect of the work of the entire ÖFSE research department. Therefore, different aspects of the global debate on the 2030 agenda are taken up and elaborated upon by means of publications, events and reflective debates with key Austrian players in the field.