Denmark ranks first in rich countries development cooperation


Islamabad, MTT News Desk: The American think tank Center for Global Development has announced that Denmark holds the top spot, when it comes to international development cooperation.

Achieving the maximum score of 7.0 in the 2012 index, Denmark ranks first. This is an improvement compared to 2011, where Denmark took third place. The index ranks 27 of the richest countries in the world in relation to 7 areas: aid, trade, investments, migration, environment, security and technology.

Denmarks Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, expressed great satisfaction with the impressive placement: It is very positive that the Danish development cooperation once again is recognized internationally. Denmark is even holding the overall first place. The Danish development cooperation is praised for being of a high quality. It generates changes and concrete results for the worlds poor. However, the development aid is just one of several parts of the efforts for creating development in the worlds poorest countries. Accordingly, it is encouraging to see that the Danish policies within technology, environment, climate, migration, security and stability are all pulling in the right direction, to the benefit of the worlds poor and to the benefit of Denmark.

Denmark has been granting development assistance since 1962 – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – and today has programs in Africa, Middle-East and Asia. In 2010, the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) launched a two-year program of USD 28 million program for Pakistan aimed at providing quality education to girls, reconstruction of infrastructure and livelihood services in conflict affected areas and supporting civil society in the areas of democracy, gender empowerment and human rights.

The Danish ambassador to Pakistan, Ole E. Moesby stated that The Danes strongly believe in helping others in need, which is why they not only pay high taxes from which DANIDAs development assistance program is funded; they are also very engaged in different national fundraising campaigns. Be it small children, young students or the elderly – the spirit to provide equal opportunities for all remain strongly embedded in the Danes.

Mr. Moesby further stated that Denmark is one of only five countries in the world that lives up to the UN target of granting 0.7 per cent GNI in development assistance, so it is indeed great news to us that the quality of the Danish development assistance is being recognized at a global level, and that the Danish taxpayer is getting value for their contribution. Moesby also said that Although DANIDAs Pakistan program is relatively new, we are very excited to be working with the Government of Pakistan as well as with the civil society. Pakistan is facing a lot of challenges, but it is our aim to support Pakistan with a quality program that provides measurable results and improved quality of life.

Last year, Denmark also received top marks by the OECDs Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which carried out a review of its member states and termed the Danish development cooperation as being of highest quality and a role model for other donor countries. According to DANIDAs global strategy, reducing poverty in developing countries is central to Danish development cooperation priorities. A number of crosscutting themes are built into DANIDAs development assistance: womens participation in development, the environment, promotion of democracy and observation of human rights.

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