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Danida 50 years: Continuity
and transparency

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On 16 March 2012, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary helped to inaugurate Danida’s “Experience Circles” – an exhibition on Denmark’s development cooperation, which visited major shopping centres around the country throughout the spring.
Photo: Danida

In March, hundreds of high-level participants, including Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary, representatives from Denmark’s former and current priority countries, EU Member States, UN organisations and other international organisations as well as the EU Commissioner for Development, attended Danida’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The discussions focused on the future challenges and opportunities for international development cooperation.

With a development assistance percentage of 0.84 of Gross National Income (GNI) according to the OECD/DAC, Denmark was once again among the only five countries in the world that contribute more than the target of 0.7 per cent of GNI for development cooperation. The Finance Act agreement between the Government and Enhedslisten (the Red-Green Alliance) established that Denmark would increase its development assistance by a total of DKK 600 million in 2012 and 2013. In order to increase awareness of the obligations we have to the world’s poor, Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach took the initiative of establishing the g07 network, consisting of countries that provide more than 0.7 per cent of GNI in development assistance: Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Denmark.

In 2012, the efforts to increase transparency in Danida resulted in a shared third place on Publish What You Fund’s annual ranking. The work was additionally strengthened through four specific initiatives: the complaint mechanism Danida Feedback; public hearings in connection with new strategies and grants; increased access to the MFA’s briefings to the National Audit Office of Denmark regarding possible cases of fraud; and greater transparency in Danida’s work of preparing new programmes and projects that are to be presented to Danida’s Grant Committee or to Danida’s Council for Development Policy. The four initiatives took effect as of 3 January 2013.