Danish International Development Agency

Danish International Development Agency ( DANIDA ), is the brand used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark When It provides humanitarian aid and development aid to other countries, with one focus Developing Countries . There is no separate Danida organization within the Ministry.

Origin of name

The organization’s name was originally DANAID. In Greek mythology, the Danaids Were daughters of Danaus who killed husbands and Their Were Condemned to fill a bathtub with water to wash away Their sins. Because the buckets they were given to have been sieved , they worked for all eternity in Tartarus without making any progress. For this reason, it was changed from DANAID to DANIDA at the last minute when this unfortunate connotation was discovered. The term Danida appeared in 1963. [2]


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 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. [3] In 2009, DANIDA worked in close association with the Indian Government’s Padmasree award winner, K.Viswanathan , and the prestigious institutionMitraniketan . Furthermore, DANIDA works in collaboration with many Danish NGOs such as Global Medical Aid . [4]

Focus areas

DANIDA focuses on these four areas of interest: [5]

  • Human rights and democracy
  • Green growth
  • Social progress
  • Stability and protection.

As of 2015, DANIDA is involved in a total of 73 countries and regions across the world, with 21 countries of high priority. Most of the priority countries are among the poorest of the world, located in Africa and Asia. [6] [7]

The sectors receiving the largest amount of financial support and the civil society, and humanitarian aid, are roughly 28% and 14% respectively. [8]

Most of the goals of DANIDA’s projects are fulfilled, with an annual growth rate of 79% and 88% since 2005. [9]


Danish development assistance in the 1950s was almost exclusively channeled through the United Nations . In 1962, Denmark established its first bilateral development assistance program 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 . [10]

See also

  • List of development aid agencies
  • Australian Agency for International Development
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Department for International Development (UK)
  • EuropeAid Development and Cooperation
  • French Development Agency
  • German International Cooperation
  • Irish Aid
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • United States Agency for International Development


  1. Jump up^ Key People At DANIDA
  2. Jump up^ About Danida
  3. Jump up^ Overview of DANIDA Scope of Activities
  5. Jump up^ “This is what we do” (in Danish). DANIDA . Retrieved 1 January 2016 .
  6. Jump up^ “Countries of Priority” (in Danish). DANIDA . Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  7. Jump up^ “Countries and regions” . Danida Open Aid. 2015 . Retrieved 1 January 2016 .
  8. Jump up^ “Sectors” . Danida Open Aid. 2015 . Retrieved 1 January 2016 .
  9. Jump up^ “What are the results?” (in Danish). Danida . Retrieved 1 January2016 .
  10. Jump up^ History of DANIDA

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