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Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)

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Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)

Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), is the brand which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, uses when it provides humanitarian aid and development assistance to other countries, with focus on developing countries. There is no distinct DANIDA organisation within the Ministry.

Denmark has been granting development assistance since the end of the Second World War. It is one of the five countries in the world that meets the United Nation's target of granting 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) in development assistance. In 2011 Denmark disbursed roughly DKK:15.753 billion (US$2.98 billion) in development assistance to countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Denmark's European Union neighbors. In 2009, DANIDA worked in close association with the Indian Government's Padmasree award winner, K.Viswanathan, and the prestigious institution Mitraniketan. Furthermore, DANIDA works in collaboration with many Danish NGOs such as Global Medical Aid.

Danish development assistance in the 1950s was nearly exclusively channeled through the United Nations. In 1962 Denmark established its first bilateral development assistance programme for developing countries under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010 about 40% of Denmark’s bilateral assistance went to social sectors, including education and health. DANIDA also works in collaboration with the United Nations, the World Bank, regional development banks and the European Union.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Asiatisk Plads 2 
DK-1448 Copenhagen K 
Tel. +45 33 92 00 00
Fax +45 32 54 05 33