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2015.02 Evaluation of the Danish Engagement in Palestine

Denmark has been providing humanitarian and development aid to Palestinians for more than three decades. Since the Oslo Accords in 1993, the overall political objective of the Danish engagement in Palestine has been to support the realisation of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, encompassing the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, sovereign and contiguous State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security.

In 2014 Danida commissioned Ecorys to conduct the first comprehensive evaluation of Danida’s support to Palestine. The purpose of the evaluation is “to assess the contribution of Denmark to the establishment of a viable Palestinian State as part of a negotiated two-state solution.” The evaluation also provides forward looking input for the next strategy period and programme phase of the Danish engagement in Palestine from 2016 onwards.

The evaluation found, among other things, that Denmark contributed to building better organisations and institutions providing services to the population of Palestine. Stronger organisations are an important pre-condition for a viable Palestinian state, and this was the main logic underpinning Denmark’s state-building engagement. However, given the Israeli occupation and the limitations on the Palestinian side, stronger organisations alone cannot bring about a viable nation.

Before presenting the main results of the evaluation, it is important to stress that the space for Denmark to engage in Palestine is limited by two binding constraints related to the Israeli occupation, on the one hand, and limitations on the Palestinian side, on the other.


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PublisherEvaluation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Danida, Denmark