OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Denmark 2016

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Published on July 22, 2016

The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.


Conducting the peer review
Abbreviations and acronyms
Denmark's aid at a glance
Context of the peer review of Denmark
The DAC's main findings and recommendations
Towards a comprehensive Danish development effort
Denmark's vision and policies for development co-operation
Allocating Denmark's official development assistance
Managing Denmark's development co-operation
Denmark's development co-operation delivery and partnerships
Results management and accountability of Denmark's development co-operation
Denmark's humanitarian assistance
Annexes4 chapters available
Progress since the 2011 DAC peer review recommendations
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Field visit to Ghana
Organisational structure
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The DAC's main findings and recommendations available in English | French

Denmark is a top aid donor but reduced budget and refugee costs pose risks

Denmark has been a generous provider of development aid, providing high-quality support to countries most in need. 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). However, it faces significant challenges from a reduction of its aid budget and fast-rising refugee costs, according to the latest DAC Peer Review.

Read the press release English | Danish | French

Implementation of peer review recommendations from 2011

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Read about the implementation of the 2011 recommendations

Strengthened coherence between long-term development efforts and humanitarian assistance

Denmark is well equipped to design a comprehensive strategy to support implementation of the World Humanitarian Summit. It has already conducted pioneering policy work examining the persistent challenges in the humanitarian-development nexus and has developed funding mechanisms that can finance either humanitarian, transition or development activities. Humanitarian and development staff share a common terminology which strengthens understanding and ownership of the search for coherence. Denmark’s new strategy for development co-operation, due for release in late 2016, is also expected to increase the integration of humanitarian and development actions.

However, increasing humanitarian allocations while cutting bilateral and multilateral allocations puts Denmark’s capacity to bridge the gap between the two workstreams at risk. It also presents challenges for addressing the root causes of conflict and migration, particularly given that addressing these challenges will require long-term financial and policy commitments.

 Read the peer review's chapter on Denmark's humanitarian assistance

 About this review

Denmark's peer review history

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