Implementation of Lithuanian Development Cooperation Policy

Lithuania’s development cooperation policy is an integral part of Lithuania’s foreign policy aimed at these objectives:

  • Contribute to the global efforts to reduce poverty in developing countries, as well as to implementation of other Sustainable Development Goals declared by the United Nations;
  • Contribute to elaboration of sustainable development, democracy, security and stability in partner countries;
  • Contribute to elaboration of human rights and gender equality in partner countries;
  • Strengthen political, economic, social and cultural relations with developing countries;
  • Inform and raise awareness of Lithuanian society on UN’s, EU’s and Lithuanian development policies, their goals, challenges, achieved results, and to seek greater public approval and support for development cooperation.

Implementing the European Union’s development cooperation policy, Lithuanian representatives participate in the activities of the European Union Council Working Parties on Development Cooperation (CODEV), the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA, cooperate with the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. By participating in the European Development Fund and the Development Cooperation Instrument Committees, Lithuania, together with other EU Member States, adopts decisions on the implementation of the EU’s development policy.

In accordance with the programme of the Eighteenth Government of the Republic of Lithuania and Lithuania's development cooperation policy guidelines and implementing measures for the period 2019-2021 the priority of Lithuanian development cooperation is the Eastern Partnership countries (Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan) and the countries of migration origin and transit. For other developing countries included in the OECD list of beneficiaries, support may be provided depending on their needs and Lithuania's financial capabilities.

Lithuania's development cooperation policy guidelines for the period 2019-2021 foresees sectorial Development Cooperation priorities as well. Sectorial  priorities are related to the Lithuania’s efforts to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partner countries, i.e. Lithuania will seek to contribute to the achievement of all of SDGs, however particular focus will be given to:

  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere (SDG 1);
  • Ensure quality education (SDG 4);
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG 5);
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13);
  • Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (SDG 16);
  • Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development (SDG 17).

The priority geographical areas of Lithuania’s development cooperation are the region of Eastern Partnership as well as countries of migration origin and transit.

Particular attention is paid to development cooperation activities with Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Since the EU Association Agreements were signed with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on 27 June 2014, the relevance of assistance that helps implement these Agreements increased, therefore Lithuanian experts provide consultations and technical assistance for the purpose of properly implementing these Agreements.

Implementing its international commitments and seeking to ensure visibility of Lithuania’s development cooperation policy within the international arena, Lithuania provides multilateral development assistance through obligatory and voluntary contributions and payments to the funds and international organisations carrying out or coordinating development cooperation activities. Taking into consideration the needs, foreign policy priorities of developing countries and its own financial capacities, Lithuania provides assistance to other states included into the list of ODA recipients of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Thus, Lithuania reinforces its role in the United Nations, the European Council, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the World Trade Organisation, and other international organisations and strengthens its political, economic and cultural relations with various countries.

The Department of Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the implementation and coordination of Lithuanian development cooperation policy.