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.


Supporting and promoting democratic institutions, civil society, and developing economic ties is a priority for Lithuania's engagement in the EU Eastern Partnership countries. Lithuania has experience in democratic state-building and reform and is passing on this experience in support of countries seeking closer integration with the EU. The focus is on Ukraine and Moldova, which have been granted EU candidate status, Georgia, which has the prospect of becoming an EU member state, and Armenia, which has signed a Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement with the EU.

24 February 2022 As Russia wages war against Ukraine and the destruction of its population and civilian infrastructure continues, Lithuania provides full support and assistance to Ukraine. As one of Ukraine's most active supporters, Lithuania provides humanitarian, financial, civil protection and other assistance, and hosts and cares for war refugees arriving and living in Lithuania. Lithuania is actively involved in the reconstruction of Ukraine, including the rebuilding of Ukrainian educational and training institutions, transport infrastructure, and the provision of temporary housing for families affected by the war.

Lithuania is building partnerships with individual countries in the Middle East and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, in response to global changes and new opportunities in the green economy, renewable energy, digital transformation, and to address the challenges of climate change and migration.

Lithuania is consistently developing multilateral development cooperation, strengthening cooperation with the EU institutions, the United Nations, the OECD, the World Bank and other international organisations, international financial institutions and foundations coordinating global efforts to support developing countries.

Lithuania provides multilateral development assistance through mandatory and voluntary contributions and contributions to the European Development Fund, other development cooperation funds and international organisations, as well as humanitarian aid to countries affected by natural disasters and conflicts.

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