Denmark at the Head of the Peloton Called “Development Cooperation”
Development cooperation is one of the major priorities of the Danish foreign policy. Not only the fact that the Minister for Development Cooperation is a member of the government makes it obvious that development cooperation stands high on the priority list of the Danish foreign policy, but especially the volume of finances allocated to this area that in case of the five-million country amounts to 17 billion DKK yearly (nearly 2,5 billion USD). Denmark thus belongs to the group of 5 countries that meet the 0.7 % GDP allocated to the national ODA requirement set by the UN in 1970. The budget is managed and projects are being implemented by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specifically its department DANIDA. The largest part of the billateral development cooperation focuses on good governance and strengthening of civil society, but the list of topics does not exclude green growth, social inclusion or others. It is then of no surprise that the peer review carried out by the DAC OECD speaks of a generous and strategic donor that provides consistent aid to its partners.
The first agreement of the new coalition considered the development policy, as well. Verden 2030 (World 2030) builds on the SDGs and focuses on interconnecting the humanitarian aid to the long-term development policy. In terms of topics, it aims above all at women’s rights, youth, migration, corruption as well as the issues related to overpopulation and global health. The Danish strategy highlights especially the problems of young people that represent future of this planet and thus need to be provided with high quality education and job opportunities. Finding the solution to this issue will then lead to the reduction of migration to Europe and to growth in developing countries.
Denmark also efficiently connects the economic diplomacy with the development issues. The latter is also promoted within the strategy of Verden 2030 and more focus will also be put on the engagement of private sector in developing activities. You can find more about the successful Danish economic diplomacy in the analysis of the Association for International Affairs in Czech on page 8.
Denmark serves as a good example of efficient development cooperation and we also strive for the engagement of the private sector in developing activities through our B2B programme and similarily to DANIDA we prefer long-term consistent work in our priority countries.