Evaluation of Denmark’s Climate Change Funding to Developing Countries
Climate change is a complex problem that threatens to reverse global progress towards sustainable development. It represents a new focus for development assistance. Understanding what works, what does not work and why is critical to ensuring that development resources are spent optimally. This was the purpose of the Evaluation of Denmark’s Climate Change Funding for Developing Countries implemented jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.
Denmark has made substantial contributions to mitigating the impact of climate change by supporting activities that will result in emissions reduction. A “Climate Envelope” for funding was created in 2008 supporting fast action on climate change. From 2008 to 2012 some DKK 1.5 billion was committed. In addition, substantial funds have been given outside this Envelope, primarily in Danish priority countries.
The evaluation concluded, amongst other things, that Denmark has been a consistent and reliable supporter of international climate change programmes and initiatives. The investments made by Denmark have been highly relevant to international and national priorities and have been well-aligned with commitments from other donors.
The major point identified is the need for existing Danish policies and strategies to be incorporated into a more formalised planning and reporting framework. This should allow for better management of the portfolio and for better results.