Danish International Development Agency

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Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
TypeParastatal of the Government of Denmark
IndustryFinancial services
HeadquartersCopenhagen, Denmark
Key people
Lars Gert Lose
Permanent State Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Jesper Moller Sorensen
State Secretary of Foreign Policy
Lotte Machon
State Secretary of Development Policy
Steen Hommel
State Secretary for Trade and Global Sustainability[1]
ProductsDevelopment finance, small and medium enterprise finance, export finance, import finance, foreign investment finance, development aid

Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), is the brand used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark 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.

Origin of name[edit]

The organisation's name was originally DANAID. In Greek mythology, the Danaids were daughters of Danaus who killed their husbands and were condemned to fill a bathtub with water to wash away their sins. Because the buckets they were given to do this were actually sieves, they worked for all eternity in Tartarus without making any progress. For this reason, the aid agency's name 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 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.[3] Furthermore, DANIDA works in collaboration with many Danish NGOs such as Global Medical Aid.[4] According to the OECD, 2020 official development assistance from Denmark increased 0.5% to USD 2.6 billion. [5]

Focus areas[edit]

DANIDA focusses on four areas of interest:[6]

As of 2015, DANIDA was 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.[7][8]

The sectors receiving the largest amount of financial bilateral support is government and civil society, and humanitarian aid, at roughly 28% and 14% respectively.[9]

Most of the goals of DANIDA's projects gets fulfilled, with an annual success rate between 79% and 88% since 2005.[10]


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.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Senior Management
  2. ^ About Danida
  3. ^ "Overview of DANIDA Scope of Activities". Archived from the original on 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  4. ^ "DANIDA GMA COLLABORATION". Archived from the original on 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  5. ^ "Denmark | Development Co-operation Profiles – Denmark | OECD iLibrary".
  6. ^ "This is what we do" (in Danish). DANIDA. Archived from the original on 2 December 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Countries of Priority" (in Danish). DANIDA. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Countries and regions". Danida Open Aid. 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Sectors". Danida Open Aid. 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  10. ^ "What are the results?" (in Danish). Danida. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  11. ^ History of DANIDA

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Coordinates: 55°40′29″N 12°35′21″E / 55.6746°N 12.5891°E / 55.6746; 12.5891