Law On International Development Cooperation

Original Language Title: Lov om internationalt udviklingssamarbejde

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Law on international development cooperation

WE, MARGRETHE the SECOND, by the grace of God Queen of Denmark, do indeed:

The Danish Parliament has adopted and we know Our consent confirmed the following law: Objective

§ 1. The goal for Denmark's development cooperation is to combat poverty and promote human rights, democracy, sustainable development, peace and stability in accordance with the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of human rights and United Nations conventions on human rights.

(2). Danish development cooperation shall contribute to the promotion of Denmark's interests in a more peaceful, stable and just world. Development policy is thus a central and integral element of Danish foreign policy, where it is recognised that developing countries are not only affected by development policies, but also of actions in other policy areas.

(3). The objective, as stated in paragraph 1 be pursued through partnerships with developing countries and within the framework of internationally recognized principles and goals for development cooperation as well as principles for humanitarian assistance.

General provisions

§ 2. It is the responsibility of the Minister to coordinate Danish participation in international negotiations relating to development policy issues, and to manage the Danish State's bilateral and multilateral development cooperation.

§ 3. In order to comply with this law purposes as specified in § 1 the Minister may grant technical and financial support to partners in developing countries, including through relevant development actors such as multilateral institutions, international organisations, multilateral development banks, global funds, international financial institutions, international organizations and other non-governmental actors.

§ 4. It is the responsibility of the Minister to ensure transparency in the management of development aid.

(2). The Minister shall lay down the detailed rules for this.

§ 5. The Minister shall submit annually to the Parliament a 4-year-plan for expenditure framework for bilateral as well as multilateral development activities for the ensuing financial year and the budget proposal in subsequent budgetoverslagsår.


§ 6. In order to spread knowledge and understanding of developing countries ' challenges and for the importance of Danish participation in the international development cooperation Minister can initiate or provide grants for activities with this purpose.


§ 7. In order to strengthen research capacity in developing countries and creating new knowledge, which can alleviate the developing problems, Minister award grants for research.

Cultural co-operation

§ 8. With a view to promoting cultural diversity and enhance intercultural understanding can the Minister implement or provide grants for cultural cooperation with developing countries.

Investment Fund for developing countries

§ 9. In order to promote the professional development of developing countries, investment fund for developing countries to promote investment in these countries in collaboration with the Danish business community. The Fund is an independent institution.

(2). There can by the Treasury supported the operations of the Fund. The Fund may provide support for Danish investments in developing countries.

(3). The Fund is managed by a Board of Directors whose members for 3 years at a time appointed by the Minister, who also appoints the President and Vice-President from among the members. Furthermore, the designation of an observer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Fund's daily operations is headed by a Director, who is appointed by the Minister as well. The cost of the administration of the Fund shall be provided by the Fund.

(4). The detailed guidelines for the activities of the Fund shall be laid down in a Statute approved by the Minister.


§ 10. Establishing a development policy Council.

(2). Development Policy Council will form the framework for an ongoing strategic dialogue with and advice to the Minister on the implementation of the tasks in accordance with this law is entrusted to the Minister.

(3). The Minister will appoint members to the developing political Advice.

(4). Development Policy Council comprises up to 15 members who are appointed for a period of 3 years with the possibility of reappointment for one further period of 3 years.

(5). The Minister shall appoint 1 President among development policy Council members.

(6). The Minister shall establish rules of procedure for the functioning of the Council referred to in paragraph 1.

Date of entry into force of

§ 11. This law shall enter into force on the 1. January 2013.

(2). Law on international development cooperation, in accordance with article 3. lovbekendtgørelse nr. 541 of 10. July 1998, repealed by this Act comes into force.

(3). Guarantees issued pursuant to section 8 of the law on international development cooperation, in accordance with article 3. lovbekendtgørelse nr. 541 of 10. July 1998 as amended most recently by Act No. 85 of 14. February 2006, continue to be regulated in accordance with this provision, also after the entry into force of this law.

(4). Industrialisation Fund for developing countries, which was established pursuant to section 9 of the law on international development cooperation, in accordance with article 3. lovbekendtgørelse nr. 541 of 10. July 1998 as amended most recently by Act No. 85 of 14. February 2006, pursued and changes at this commencement name for the Investment Fund for developing countries and be regulated then by section 9.

Given at Christiansborg Palace, the 18. June 2012 Under Our Royal hand and Seal MARGRETHE r./Christian Friis Bach