Austria has been an EIB donor partner since 2004, when the country became a contributing member of the FEMIP Trust Fund (FTF). Austria has also committed funds that help deliver projects in sub-Saharan Africa through the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-AITF), as well as projects in Eastern Partnership countries via the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF).
Donor partnerships provide an effective vehicle for donors looking to deliver sustained impact in developing countries. They enable donors to work with the EIB to unlock projects with high socio-economic returns, reaching out to people and places with additional support for targeted development outcomes. EIB activities outside the EU account for around one third of EU development aid. All contributions to EIB donor funds are considered Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible.