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Policy, co-ordination and implementation of Denmark’s development co-operation remains the remit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), which manages almost all of the ODA budget. The brand Danida describes Denmark’s development co-operation with other countries, but there is no distinct institution called Danida.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs 



Denmark provided USD 2.9 billion of ODA in 2021, representing 0.70% of GNI. This was an increase of 2.8% in real terms in volume and a slight decrease in share of GNI from 2020. Since 1978, Denmark has provided at least 0.7% of its GNI as ODA, in line with its domestic and EU commitments to achieving a 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio. Denmark provided all of its ODA as grants in 2020.  

In 2021, Denmark ranked fifth among DAC countries when ODA is taken as a share of GNI, one of just five to meet or exceed the 0.7% target. Denmark’s geographic focus on fragile states (37.5% of gross bilateral ODA in 2020) and its policy focus on gender equality (7.6% of screened interventions had gender equality as a principal objective in 2020) are reflected in its allocations. However, allocations do not yet reflect Denmark’s climate focus. 


Global Partnership monitoring trend

Click here for a snapshot of Denmark's results from the two most recent Global Partnership monitoring rounds (2018 and 2016). The Global Partnership monitoring process and framework have been revised, and the new round will take place from 2023 to 2026. This profile will be updated periodically as new data is generated by the monitoring exercise. 

DAC Performance and Trends - 2019 GPEDC Progress Report



The 2021 OECD-DAC peer review found that broad public support enables Denmark to provide 0.7% of its national income as ODA. Denmark champions gender equality, human rights and democracy; supports transparent communication; and empowers its partners. Mainstreaming climate objectives would complement Denmark’s significant investments in climate diplomacy. A global leader in fragile contexts, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) recommended that Denmark better implement the peace component of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and integrate poverty reduction better across its programme. The Doing Development Differently approach enables flexible budgets and trusting partnership.

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