Denmark is one of the DAC members which has consistently exceeded the United Nations’ (UN) target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) allocated to official development assistance (ODA). In 2005, it devoted USD 2.11 billion to official development assistance (ODA), accounting for 0.81% of its gross national income (GNI).
The OECD/DAC commended Denmark’s decision to maintain ODA at a minimum of 0.8% of GNI, and encouraged it to continue this policy. The key strengths of Denmark’s development co-operation system are its legal basis, strategic framework, institutional system and emphasis on quality assurance. These assets derive from the long-standing support for development assistance, reaffirmed in 2003 by the current government, and backed up by real improvements in the system. The DAC noted in particular that the combination of a decentralised but highly integrated system within MFA headquarters and in the field has proved effective.
The Review’s Main Findings and Recommendations suggested that Denmark should continue to share with other donors its approaches to gender equity and environmental sustainability and policy guidance for the development of capacity in partner countries. It also provided several recommendations to assist Denmark’s continuing efforts in meeting the commitments of the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness.
The DAC Peer Review of Denmark took place on 8 June 2007 and was led by representatives from the Netherlands and Greece. The Danish Delegation attending the review meeting was headed by Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Co-operation.