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How we Support

DIPD supports party-to-party projects between a Danish political party and partners in developing countries as well as multiparty partnerships based on a cross-political platform.

Visit our current partnerships here. Please see the funding pages if you are interested in a partnership through DIPD.

 Voters turn out in large numbers in Juba, capital of South Sudan, on the first day of polling in the South's long-awaited self-determination referendum. Many voters slept at polling stations in order to be one of the first to cast ballots in the plebiscite which will determine whether Sudan remains united or Southern Sudan secedes to form a new country.

Party-to-party Partnerships

Half of the Institute’s project funds is used for party-to-party partnerships.  In practice, this will generally refer to cooperation between a political party in Denmark on the one hand and parties, party-like groupings and movements in developing countries on the other.

In some cases, the fact that cooperation is taking place between ‘sister parties’ will mean that the parties, broadly defined, have a common ideological standpoint, e.g. that they are based on a liberal, conservative, social-democratic, socialist or similar foundation. However, considering that the parties operate in different environments and under different conditions, the sister dimension will not necessarily mean that the policies of the parties in specific areas are the same.

There will also be cases in which the sister aspect is of a somewhat looser nature. This can typically be the situation in countries where new parties are established following a conflict or following a major upheaval of a political or social nature. In such cases, a political party may stem from a movement that has participated in the upheaval and establishes itself as an actual political party in connection with the preparations for a future general election.

Multiparty Partnerships

Half of the Institute’s project funds will be used to supporting cross-political projects where the intention is to contribute to the development of pluralistic party systems, or what in everyday language are called ‘multiparty systems’.

Multiparty projects will often involve all or the majority of the political parties represented in parliament and occasionally also all or the majority of the parties that field candidates for election without getting elected. This may include capacity support in particular areas for all parties, dialogue between parties concerning guidelines for party behaviour during an election, discussions between parties about constitutional amendments that concern political parties, cooperation on specific legislation in parliament, etc.

However, multiparty initiatives may also include a range of other stakeholders, like non-governmental organisations that involve political parties in their work, media platforms such as newspapers, local radio stations and TV stations, and think tanks that carry out analyses of the parties’ policies and behaviour.

Through dialogue and consultancy with the parties about policy development in concrete areas of importance for the country’s development, ways of strengthening women’s participation in the work of the parties, and the parties’ work at the local level in districts and provinces, this range of stakeholders can constructively contribute to building up a well-functioning multiparty system.