Development Partners Snapshot:





Development policy:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) of Hungary, and within it the Department for International Development, is responsible for the planning, co-ordination and implementation of Hungary’s development co-operation policy. Other line ministries and government entities also engage in development co-operation activities as implementing and/or financing agencies. 


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade



Hungary provided USD 455.0 million of ODA in 2021, representing 0.29% of GNI. While this was a minimal decrease of 0.1% in real terms in volume, the share of GNI increased by 0.02 percentage points from 2020. Since 2015, Hungary has more than doubled the volume of its ODA which reached USD 156 million, or 0.13% of the country’s GNI at the time. In 2020, Hungary surpassed the 0.25% ODA/GNI it had set itself to reach by 2025. It remains committed to achieving a 0.33% ODA/GNI ratio by 2030 and collectively at the EU level to achieve a 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio by 2030. Hungary provided all of its ODA as grants in 2020.  

Hungary ranks 16th among Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members for ODA/GNI ratio in 2021. Technical co-operation accounts for a large share of Hungary’s total gross ODA (50.4%). Scholarships constitute the largest share of Hungary’s bilateral ODA (44.3% in 2020). The share of bilateral ODA for civil society organisations (CSOs) decreased significantly from 2019 to 2020, from 53.8% to 23.6%. 



The 2019 OECD-DAC mid-term review of Hungary commended Hungary for increasing its development assistance budget and improved reporting. The mid-term review encouraged Hungary to design and implement a comprehensive strategy that balances short-term and long-term needs, and set up systems that are fit-for-purpose, especially with regards to co-ordination, local engagement, transparency and evaluation as Hungary continues to mature its bilateral programme. The first comprehensive OECD-DAC peer review takes place in 2022. 

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