Danish development assistance programmes achieved their goals in 88 per cent of cases in 2011. Every goal that is achieved is a small step on the way to creating development in some of the poorest countries of the world.
More girls are attending school. A generator provides a whole village with electricity. Organisations working for citizens’ democratic rights get more resources to keep an eye on those in power.
The results of development cooperation are very concrete. Development assistance makes a difference in the everyday lives of some of the world’s poor.
Each time Denmark provides assistance to a developing country, a concrete objective is set for what the development cooperation is to achieve. The three objectives mentioned above are merely examples.
In 2011 a total of 277 objectives were set up for Danish development cooperation. Most of the objectives were achieved.
Danida’s Annual Report provides an overview and background for the year’s most important results.
The long-term objective of development cooperation is to reduce poverty and create development in some of the poorest countries in the world.
Development takes time. It is a result of many people’s work. Sustainable development requires, among other things:
Every time a development assistance programme reaches its objective, a small step is taken on the way. Services and products are supplied and this leads to positive effects for local users.
However, it will often be impossible to read the effect of a small programme from the large-scale social figures for growth, unemployment and longevity in a whole country. When a country succeeds in taking a big step out of poverty, as has taken place within the past 20 years for countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, development cooperation can only take small part of the honour.
Denmark is working more and more closely together with governments in the countries receiving development assistance in order to ensure local ownership. To an increasing degree, the governments of the countries are becoming development partners rather than simply recipients of development assistance.
There is also increasingly closer cooperation between the countries granting development assistance. Among other things, part of Danish development assistance goes to international organisations and funds. Denmark’s contribution is thus only one part of the overall effort.
Nevertheless, Denmark contributes to the overall development results in the sector we support in the individual country. Together with many other countries and organisations, Denmark works towards the common goal of reducing poverty. In the final analysis, this is how we get most for the money in development cooperation.
Development cooperation develops continuously. We learn from our experience and become wiser. Denmark has set concrete goals for development cooperation since 2001, and this has served to make the success or lack of success of the individual project or programme very clear.
Denmark makes systematic use of evaluations to improve the work. Evaluations seek to illustrate the connection between Danish development assistance and the results that are created.
Danida has published all evaluations since 1987. You can find out more about the results of development cooperation here.
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