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Cooperation with countries and regions

Denmark is pursuing a geographically differentiated development policy.

Denmark will engage in countries and regions that can be divided into the below three categories or spheres of interest. The classification of the countries is dynamic and several countries may be placed in more than one category and – as they develop – move between the categories. The three country categories capture, on the one hand, the changed global context for fighting poverty and promoting security, growth and sustainable development, while, on the other hand, reflecting the interests and the approach Denmark takes to its engagement in a given country or region. The geographic approach is intended to create convergence between the need for support in the developing countries and the representation of Danish interests.

Poor, fragile countries and regions characterised by fragility: These comprise countries such as Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Palestine and Somalia. Fragile situations and regions are not necessarily in or around low-income countries. This is e.g. the case with the prioritised Danish humanitarian, development and stabilisation efforts in Syria and its neighbouring countries. Other priority regions are i.a. Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

Poor, stable countries: These comprise countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania and Uganda. The majority of these countries are expected to move towards category 3 in the medium term. However, several of the countries are also vulnerable to conflicts in and refugee flows from neighbouring countries, which – if not addressed – risk pulling them towards country category 1 instead.

Transition and growth economies: These comprise countries such as Ghana, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine, Georgia, Vietnam, Egypt and countries such as Brazil, Colombia, China, Mexico and Turkey. The group of middle-income countries on the OECD-DAC’s list of ODA recipients and particularly countries where we, through Danish missions, can bring instruments such as e.g. the initiative ‘Partnering with Denmark, Danish authorities in international cooperation’ and the partnership instrument, into play.

The countries set in bold is the group of priority countries, where the danish presence will be longterm and backed by financial strength and most often with a physical presence in the country. In addition Denmark has two high-priority regional initiatives which aim is to build long-term relations between Denmark and the relevant countries as part of a combined Danish foreign and development policy initiative. This is the case for the Danish Neighbourhood Programme which covers the EU’s neighbouring countries to the east and south-east. The other initiative is the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme that covers the Middle East and North Africa.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Asiatisk Plads 2 
DK-1448 Copenhagen K
Tel. +45 33 92 00 00
Fax +45 32 54 05 33
[email protected]



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