Friday, July 27, 2012

[EQ] The Right to a Better Life - Strategy for Denmark's Development Cooperation

The Right to a Better Life
- Strategy for Denmark’s Development Cooperation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark - June 2012

Available online PDF [44p.] at:

 “…………Poverty has many faces. Hunger and high child mortality are among the harshest expressions of poverty. Others are conflict, insecurity, oppression and vulnerability towards disasters.

We all know the stories of children who work instead of going to school and of families wiped out by diseases which could have been cured. However, poverty is also about women, men, girls and boys unable to claim their rights and influence their own lives.

Denmark’s development cooperation must fight the many faces of poverty and promote coherence between our policies. To do this effectively, we cannot just focus on the most obvious symptoms. We must also address the structures that keep people in poverty and societies in inequality. Denmark’s development cooperation must be anchored locally and build on democratic ownership, and here human rights are central. If we help poor people fight for their rights, then we also fight the main causes of poverty. Consequently, the aim of Danish development policy is both to fight poverty and promote human rights….”



- Poverty, human rights and growth – sustainable development

- A developing world

- A human rights-based approach

- Human rights and democracy

- Green growth

- Social progress

- Stability and protection

- Flexible partnerships

- Results and effectiveness


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