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Act on Denmark's international development cooperation

Denmark's development assistance is laid down and administered on the basis of the Danish Act on International Development Cooperation. The act came into force the 1st January 2013. 

The act presents an enhanced focus upon human rights and sustainable growth which henceforward constitute the foundation for Denmark's development cooperation.

Furthermore, the act states that Danish development cooperation aims to fight poverty, promote human rights, democracy, sustainable development, peace and stability in accordance with the UN treaty.

Read the law in Danish here

For the English translation click here

The Act on International Development Cooperation has been amended twice since the adoption. The first amendment (Act no. 1464 of 17/12/2013), came into force the 1st January 2014 and the second amendment (Act no. 1741 of  27/12/2016) the 1st January 2017. 



Ministry of Foreign Affairs


2 Asiatisk Plads

DK-1448 Copenhagen K


Tel. +45 33 92 00 00

For further information and enquiries please contact Department for Development Policy and Financing