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Danida transparency

As something completely new in an international context, the general public will be invited to comment on new strategies and programmes early on in the preparation process. A new consultation portal has been set up on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website so that everyone can keep abreast of and take part in the decision-making process.

Mohammed Ebrahim Hazara at home, writing on his laptop.

Mohammed Ebrahim Hazara at home, writing on his laptop.

Photo: Mikkel Østergaard/Danida

With the new Act on Danish Development Cooperation, which entered into force on 1 January 2013, the Minister for Development Cooperation introduced a number of new initiatives for increased transparency in Danida. These new initiatives are now being launched on the Ministry’s website.

Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach states: “Citizens in the poorest countries in the world and Danish citizens have a right to insight into the work of Danida. At the same time, increased transparency is crucial for bringing us inspiration and fresh knowledge, thus ensuring even better development cooperation. I look forward to the responses and hope Danida will receive many valuable contributions from dedicated citizens at home and abroad.”

As something new and unique in an international context, the general public both at home and abroad will be invited to contribute with their knowledge and comments early on in the process of preparing new strategies and programmes. A consultation portal has been established on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website so that everyone can keep abreast of and take part in the decision-making process. This will provide an opportunity for receiving input from the public in an early phase of preparing programmes.

It will also be easier for citizens at home and abroad to share their criticism, praise and complaints with Danida. It is now possible to provide feedback about Danida’s work both via the main website and from the websites of a large number of embassies. The complaints will be processed and answered as they come in, and a status report will be published annually.

Finally, from 2013 Denmark will report on development cooperation to the International Aid Transparency Initiative, IATI, according to international standards. This is to ensure increased transparency about programmes and money flows. It is already possible to access extensive information about projects, programmes and partners in Danida’s project database.

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