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Development cooperation (also) benefits us

The Danish development cooperation of DKK 16 billion benefits the poorest people in the world. But it also benefits Denmark. According to an analysis report compiled by Dalberg Research, over 3,000 jobs in Denmark stem from development cooperation.

The humanitarian disaster in South Sudan has led Denmark to send DKK 25 million in emergency aid and three staffed tent camps to the country, where half a million people are fleeing from unrest.

The humanitarian disaster in South Sudan has led Denmark to send DKK 25 million in emergency aid and three staffed tent camps to the country, where half a million people are fleeing from unrest.

Photo: Andrei Pungovschi/Scanpix

The Danish development cooperation of DKK 16 billion benefits the poorest people in the world. But it also benefits Denmark. According to an analysis report compiled by Dalberg Research, over 3,000 jobs in Denmark stem from development cooperation.

Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach says:

“We know that Denmark’s development cooperation contributes to fighting poverty and promoting human rights in the world’s poorest countries. But with this analysis, we turn the spotlight on what also benefits us and on what benefits economic growth and jobs in Denmark. This is something we should be pleased about.”

According to the study conducted by Dalberg Research, the direct impact on employment in Denmark can be measured to 3,000-3,600 jobs in Danida, civil society organisations, consultancy and research firms, the UN City in Copenhagen, asylum centres and Danish enterprises. Added to this are other side-effects for the Danish business community. Danida’s business instruments contributed to generating revenue in Danish enterprises, and, according to the study, Denmark’s presence in developing countries offers competitive advantages in the form of increased market insight, local networks and access to decision-makers.

The usefulness of the development cooperation is confirmed at European level by an independent study, which concludes that EU development cooperation 2014-2020 totalling DKK 500 billion will have paid for itself through investments and trade with developing countries by the year 2020.

“Development cooperation creates good opportunities also for Danish enterprises. Poverty is falling and there is now solid growth in many developing countries. This provides new markets and opportunities for Denmark, and we need to become better at tapping them by integrating development, trade and investments. This benefits both the world’s poorest countries and ourselves,” says Christian Friis Bach.
Besides the positive side-effects on employment and business in Denmark, the development cooperation has many positive side-effects in terms of preventing conflicts, disasters, refugees flows, climate change, disease epidemics, piracy, terrorism and in terms of creating security in the world and thus also for ourselves.

The publication, “Development cooperation – an investment in the future”, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will publish together with the Dalberg study, describes the overall usefulness of development cooperation.

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