Development Co-operation Directorate

DAC member profile: Denmark


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

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2016

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2016.

In 2015,  Denmark provided USD 2.6 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.85% of gross national income (GNI), and a 0.8% increase in real terms from 2014, due to a slight increase in in-donor refugee costs. Denmark is one of six DAC members to exceed the UN target of 0.7% ODA/GNI. It is the 4th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) provider in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 13th in terms of volume. However, from 2016, Denmark’s ODA is expected to drop to approximately 0.7%, in line with new government policy. Budget projections indicate bilateral ODA cuts of 54% and multilateral cuts of 49%. Denmark’s share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 95.1% in 2014 (down from 96.5% in 2013), compared to the DAC average of 80.6%. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2014.

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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