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January

Denmark-Tanzania, Country
Policy Paper, 2014-18

Despite considerable progress in recent years, Tanzania remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Therefore, the longstanding Danish development cooperation with Tanzania will continue to be a major element of the partnership, but Danish development assistance must increasingly play a catalytic role in promoting the necessary changes and progress within key areas and in leverage other forms of public and private support and cooperation. In addition, the Danish-Tanzanian partnership will be strengthened in other areas, notably within commercial relations and political cooperation, both regionally and globally.

15 March

Strategy for export must generate
more trade and new jobs

Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mogens Jensen launches the Government’s new strategy for export promotion and economic diplomacy: “All of the government’s ministers can play a role in supporting exports through inter-ministerial strategic sector cooperation, and we will be sending 15 to 20 growth counsellors to the most promising developing and emerging economies. This will improve the framework for sustainable development, growth and employment in these countries, while paving the way for the Danish solutions that are needed and in high demand. The potential result is export orders in the billions, strengthening our role in the world.”

20 March

Denmark-Ghana, Country Policy, 2014-18

A new policy is launched for Denmark’s overall engagement in and with Ghana. Ghana has become a middle-income country, and the Danish partnership with Ghana is entering a new phase. From 2017, the gradual phasing out of development cooperation is expected to begin. The political component of the new strategically founded partnership will focus on issues such as elimination of torture, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. The commercial cooperation will be based on Danish strongholds such as green growth, agriculture, climate, water, health and infrastructure.

May

Denmark-Palestine, Country
Strategy Paper, 2014-15:

The overall political objective of the Danish engagement in Palestine is laid down in a country strategy paper and focuses on supporting the realisation of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, encompassing the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, sovereign and contiguous State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.

12 June

New policy for distributing
DKK 2 billion to the world’s poorest

Denmark’s Civil Society Strategy is replaced by a Civil Society Policy that sets out the guidelines for administering the DKK 2 billion spent annually on supporting civil society organisations such as IBIS, DanChurchAid and Save the Children Denmark. The objective of the policy is to support the organisations that reach the most marginalised groups, advocate their case and thereby contribute to ensuring that their voice is heard.

16 June

New Action Plan for Policy
Coherence for Development

Denmark adopts its first action plan for policy coherence for global development. The objective is partly to foster synergies between policies promoting global growth and development, and partly to address the potential negative effects that other policies may have on developing countries and sustainable development. In other words, the goal is to promote a shared agenda across policy areas that benefits the world’s poor.

18 August

Strategic framework for gender equality,
rights and diversity

A new Danish strategy for gender equality, rights and diversity in the Danish development cooperation is launched. The strategy aims to ensure women, men, girls and boys throughout the world equal opportunities to shape their own lives and contribute to a positive development of society.

23 October

New Afghanistan Strategy 2015-17
focuses on development

The strategy for the Danish engagement in Afghanistan in the period 2015-17 describes the integrated Danish political, military and civilian efforts in the country, marking a new phase in the relationship between Afghanistan and the international community. From 2015, full responsibility for the country’s security as well as political, economic and social development will rest with the Afghans, although the international community will continue to assist Afghanistan with substantial support.

5 December

More Denmark in the world

Minister for Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard and Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mogens Jensen present a new vision for Danish foreign policy with the paper, “More Denmark in the World”. “Denmark will also in the future have the world’s best development assistance and a solidary level of development aid with a strong human rights profile,” states Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mogens Jensen and adds: “The global growth centres of the world have changed significantly over the last few years, and Denmark must hatch onto the new markets, if we want to continue to prosper at home. This requires a strong focus on economic diplomacy, and this is where the entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government must contribute. Our exports are responsible for one out of every four Danish jobs, and are therefore essential to Danish employment.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard notes that “Our skills and experiences can pave the way into the engine room of prioritized countries and key partners. From here we can influence society, values and living conditions, when developing countries have to make difficult strategic decisions regarding green transition and welfare. And just as importantly; it can strengthen our security and create jobs in Denmark.”