The government’s priorities for the Danish Development Cooperation 2016
Overview of the development cooperation budget 2016-2019
Denmark has a world-class development cooperation and lives up to the UN target of giving 0.7 per cent of GNI to the world’s poorest people, as one of the few countries in the world. The UN’s 17 new Global Goals for sustainable development create a new framework for the development cooperation. The government will formulate a new strategy for the development policy, drawing upon, among other things, input from the review of the foreign and security policy.
The government will focus the development engagements where the poverty is significant, where we have strategic interests and where Denmark best can make a difference. The development cooperation will be prioritised in 14 priority countries, and phased out in 7 of the current priority countries. Henceforth, 10 out of the 14 priority countries will be in Africa, and 11 of the 14 priority countries will belong to the group of least developed countries.
Poverty reduction and promotion of human rights are still the core of the development cooperation. But the development cooperation must also assist those who flee from war and persecution, as well as prevent conflicts. The government will increase the humanitarian contributions to a historically high level, with, among other things, a special focus on refugees in areas hosting refugees and internally displaced people, and on combating the fundamental causes of migration.
The development work shall promote sustainable growth and employment. An active engagement from the private sector is essential, hence the development work must strive to mobilise private investments in the developing countries. Moreover, the competences of the Danish businesses shall come into play to a larger extent.
The government maintains an active multilateral engagement, primarily through the EU, the UN and the World Bank.Top