Denmark still leading charge for world’s poor

Christian Wenande
April 8th, 2015

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Danes among five top aid givers per GNP

Denmark remains one of just five nations in the world that live up to the United Nations target of giving at least 0.7 percent of GDP (Gross National Product) to development aid.

According to the national OEDC report, Danish development aid in 2014 was 0.85 percent of the nation’s GNP – the same level as the year before.

“The government has retained a high level of development aid that makes it possible to work towards long-term development in some of the world’s poorest nations and still give help to, for example, the many Syrian refugees who live in terrible conditions,” said Mogens Jensen, the trade and development minister.

“We don’t want to be part of cutting development aid. It’s an unacceptable and inhumane mentality, particularly now that the world is on fire and the needs have never been higher.”

READ MORE: Danish ministers nominate Millenium Development Goals for Nobel Peace Prize

Nordic support
The only other four nations that lived up to the UN development targets were Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg and the UK.

Denmark forked out 16.8 billion kroner in development aid in 2014.


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