The Danish International Development Agency, Danida, is part of the Danish Foreign Ministry and is responsible for administrating Denmark’s bilateral and multilateral development assistance.
Denmark’s development assistance to Palestine is focused on supporting state building, promoting economic development and strengthening human rights and democratic accountability.
Denmark has maintained a strong and continuous engagement with Palestine since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA) following the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993 and 1995. The overall aim has been to support the realization of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine and lay the foundations for a viable Palestinian state.
Denmark’s Palestine Country Programme gives a coherent framework for delivering development assistance to support Denmark’s policy objectives as outlined in the Denmark – Palestine Country Policy Paper 2016-2020.
The Country Programme runs from 2016-2020 and the budget amounts to DKK 445 million. It has been developed using a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) with emphasis on the four principles of non-discrimination, participation and inclusion, transparency and accountability. The engagements collectively contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Finally the Danish development assistance is aligned with the Palestinian National Policy Agenda.
Through Danida, Denmark also continues to provide assistance to the more than 5 million Palestinian refugees through UNRWA and to support the humanitarian interventions of a large number of Danish NGOs.
Danida’s assistance to Palestine is therefore focused on: