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Civil Society Organisations

Civil society partners plan and implement activities in cooperation with local partners in developing countries in order to contribute to the implementation of Denmark's development policy strategy and the promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
A young woman reading Kuensel, the oldest newspaper in Bhutan, at the market in the capital, Thimphu. Photo: Mikkel Østergaard

In Denmark, civil society represents a diverse, broad and popular engagement in development cooperation and plays a crucial role in providing knowledge and networks and promoting Danish values globally. 

The overall objective of support through civil society partners is to support democracy and poverty reduction through a rights-based approach with a particular focus on weak, marginalised and vulnerable groups. 

Civil society contributes to the support of strong and independent civil societies, which is a pillar of democratic societies and an end in itself. As well as ensuring fundamental rights, promoting gender equality, girls' and women's rights and giving voice to vulnerable, persecuted and at-risk groups. 

Civil society is also a strong humanitarian partner, contributing to strengthened protection and improved livelihoods for vulnerable groups, the reconstruction of conflict- or disaster-affected communities, and durable solutions for refugees, internally displaced people and affected communities. 

Civil society also contributes to the development of sustainable green solutions needed to reach the Paris Agreement and help the most climate vulnerable in developing countries. 

Denmark's development policy strategy The World We Share 2021-2025 guides civil society's work.