Denmark - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2011

 

Denmark’s official development assistance reached USD 2.8 billion in 2009, or 0.88% of its gross national income.  The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee notes that Denmark’s annual ODA has surpassed the United Nation’s aid target of 0.7% of GNI since 1978, earning its global reputation as a generous donor.

Denmark’s new development policy and organisation within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reinforce the links between development, foreign and security policy. Denmark now needs to spell out how it is going to achieve the goals it has set – particularly in fragile states - to boost economies and employment, human rights, gender equality, political stability, environment and climate and how it will measure the results. 

 

 

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Perspectives on results, risk assessment and management in development co-operation

Denmark co-hosted a conference on Results, Risk Assessment and Management in Development Co-operation in November 2010, along with the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Several dimensions of risk in development and humanitarian assistance were identified:

• Risk can be broken down into contextual risk, programmatic risk and institutional risk. Contextual risk deals with the evolution of the context, for example state failure. Programmatic risk deals with the failure to achieve programmatic goals and the possibility that programming causes harm. Institutional risks relate directly to the aid provider, for example fiduciary risks.

• Risk management is about finding a balance between risk and opportunity, for example the risk of doing nothing may outweigh the risk of providing aid. (Box 1)

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