With the 2010 launch of a new strategy for Danish development assistance, support to aspiring democracies has become a key priority for Denmark. In its annual report, the Danish International Development Agency, Danida, highlights the establishment of DIPD as one of the main efforts to support democratization in the global south.
“Danish development assistance is at the absolute top both financially and in terms of quality” the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Søren Pind, stresses in the introduction to the 2010 annual report from Danida.
Danish development assistance for 2010 amounts to DKK 15,2 mia. or 0,9 percent of the GNI. Denmark is thereby among the five countries that comply with the UN goal of budgeting no less than 0,7 percent of GNI for development aid.
Denmark is, according to the Minister for Development Cooperation, not merely a frontrunner financially. “International analyses and most recently OECD’s development assistance committee (DAC) highlight the unique quality of our efforts” Søren Pind emphasizes with reference to the wide range of activities undertaken by Danida in 2010.
In May 2010, the Minister launched a new strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation entitled “Freedom from Poverty – Freedom to Change”. The strategy includes a commitment to strengthen efforts to develop free, democratic societies based on the rule of law, equal rights for all, open political processes and public participation, and an efficient and responsible public sector.
Activities in 2010 aimed at strengthening democracy, freedom and human rights include not only support of free and fair elections, an independent judiciary, good governance and respect for minority rights. The decision to establish DIPD is also emphasized as one of the key efforts to strengthen Danish democracy assistance.
Geographically, Africa remains top priority for Danish development assistance with Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique and Uganda as main recipients.