Lithuania’s accession to the DAC comes after a significant period of expansion and investment in its development cooperation activities, programs, 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 cooperation is concentrated in the European Union Eastern Partnership (EaP) Region, with additional activities in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
This cooperation is based on sharing Lithuania’s democratic transition experience and expertise, including in areas where it has a recognized comparative advantage, such as public administration reforms and digitalization, 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 increasing its voluntary contributions to multilateral organizations and other partners, such as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the 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.