Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC member profile: Denmark


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1963.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2015

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2015.

In 2014, Denmark provided USD 3 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.85% of gross national income (GNI), and a 1.6% increase in real terms from 2013. After a slight decrease between 2010 and 2012, Denmark’s ODA/GNI share increased from 0.83% in 2012 to 0.85% in 2014. It is the 4th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI and the 13th donor in terms of volume. Denmark is one of five DAC members to exceed the UN target of 0.7% ODA/GNI and the government is committed to increasing ODA over the coming years so that it returns to 1% of GNI. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2013.

Peer review findings: 2016

Latest evaluation reports

Denmark has long been a generous provider of development aid, especially to the neediest countries, and is known for giving high-quality and flexible support. However, it faces significant challenges from a reduction of its aid budget and fast-rising refugee costs.

With an estimated 2015 aid budget of USD 2.6 billion, equating to 0.85% of its gross national income, Denmark is one of a handful of countries to regularly surpass the international commitment to provide at least 0.7% of GNI in official development assistance (ODA). Yet Danish ODA is programmed to fall back to 0.7% of GNI. This budget reduction and an expecting tripling in spending on refugees in Denmark will put pressure on development programmes and aid planning.

Access Denmark's  latest evaluation reports on the DAC Evaluation Resource Centre (DEReC).

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