The Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) implements the programme of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) for the promotion of academic partnerships between 'South and North'. The Latin America Institute (LAI) and the World University Service Austria (WUS) act as subcontractors to the OeAD-GmbH.
According to the development policy trend in Europe and the ADC ‘Strategy on Higher Education and Scientific Cooperation’ the 'Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development - APPEAR' for the period 2014-2020 supports partnerships between higher education institutions in Austria and ADC key regions. The objectives are to improve the quality in teaching and research, to make the management and the administration at the involved institutions more effective and to strengthen the scientific dialogue nationally and internationally.
Under the superordinate goal of poverty reduction APPEAR also contributes to a discourse in society about quality and orientation of development in general. The institutional partnerships are based on a cooperative collaboration and mutual respect for different cultural contexts and approaches. It is also based on issues that are of high relevance particularly for the partners in the 'South'. The exploitation of the results also follows a participatory approach – for example through mutual exchange of teaching staff or joint publications and presentations.