Danish development activities in Africa are aimed at reducing poverty and creating employment for the young generations entering the labour markets.
Students under a tree. Nursery School Rescue Foundation Centre, Kenya. Photo: Jørgen Schytte
Denmark has been involved in development cooperation with African countries for more than 50 years. Denmark is one of five countries in the world that meets the UN target with the aim of contributing 0.7 percent of GNI to development assistance. Development assistance is channelled through bilateral and multinational institutions, such as EU and UN.
Danish development cooperation is governed by an overall strategy for that can be found here. The cooperation with the African countries is based on country specific strategies that can be found here.
At present, Danish development cooperation is centred on 21 priority countries (will be reduced to 14), where Denmark is present with a broad-based and long-term perspective. At the moment, 12 of the priority countries are placed in sub-Saharan Africa that in the long run will be reduced to 10.
Additionally, Denmark is involved in development cooperation with the African Development Bank.
To view the Danish strategy for the cooperation with the African Development Bank, click here.
Danida’s priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa are:
- Burkina Faso
- Mozambique (in a phase-out process)
- South Sudan
- Zimbabwe (in a phase-out process)
The key figures for Denmark’s bilateral assistance in Africa can be found here and Danida’s annual reports can be read here.