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Development effectiveness

A court case concerning car theft in the courthouse in Jinja, Uganda. Danida has renovated the old buildings and financed all the court’s fixtures and fittings, among other things.
Photo: Mikkel Østergaard

Denmark has actively supported the international development community’s pursuit of development effectiveness over almost two decades.

In 2005, Denmark was among the more than 100 countries that endorsed the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The Declaration highlighted agreed core principles in the pursuit of effectiveness that remain relevant today, including recipient countries’ ownership of their own development process, donor coordination and harmonization, a stronger focus on results, and the principle of mutual accountability. Denmark also supported key follow-up initiatives over the past decade, including the Accra Agenda for Action in 2008, the high-level forum in Busan in 2011, and the establishment of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in 2012.

Over recent years Denmark has taken several other steps to improve its development cooperation in keeping with international agreements and recognized best practices. For example, Denmark’s new strategy for development cooperation and humanitarian action “The World 2030” ( is aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and maintains a targeting of bilateral resources towards prioritized countries. The new strategy also establishes a list of prioritized SDGs by country category, pursues synergies across regions, and commits Denmark to a better integration and targeting of youth, as the key to our future, in our development cooperation. Denmark’s pursuit of effectiveness is also reflected in a stronger focus on SDG 16 regarding peace, justice and institutions, and SDG 17 on partnerships. These two SDGs are considered a connecting thread in Danish development policy, and a foundation for achieving results within other SDG areas. The focus highlights the importance Denmark attaches to working partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and other actors to maximize the impact of our development cooperation.

Denmark also remains an active and contributing member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Denmark sees it as an important platform for bringing together governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector in the efforts to strengthen development effectiveness, to keep focus on results and to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The Global Partnership tracks progress in the implementation of the Busan commitments for more effective development cooperation through a monitoring framework that will also reflect the 2030 Agenda, contributing to the review of key SDG targets, including SDG 17 on partnerships and the implementation of the Financing for Development agreements.

Denmark has also launched an open data portal (, joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative, and made information about its development assistance more transparent. 


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