Denmark tops donor list

HARARE - Denmark, one of Zimbabwe’s long standing partners in development cooperation, has topped the list of rich countries giving aid to developing countries, according to the Commitment to Development Index (CDI).

The CDI is compiled annually by the Centre for Global Development (CGD), an independent think tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality through research and active engagement with the international community.

The index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on how they implement policies that are aimed at giving aid to developing countries; targeted at the more than 5 billion people considered to be living in poverty globally.

This is the second consecutive year that Denmark tops the CDI list as a result of the high quality and quantity of resources that the country channels to development programmes in countries across the world.

Other factors earning Denmark the top position include its commitment to security in developing countries, the transparency in its financial sector and expenditure on developing new environmentally friendly technologies.

Commenting on the development, Erik Rasmussen, the head of mission at the Royal Danish Embassy said: “We are proud to be ranked first on this important index. It is a solid recognition of Denmark’s achievements in helping the world’s poorest countries.”

He said that Denmark’s development cooperation in Zimbabwe was aimed at building democratic institutions and promoting universal human rights as well as supporting inclusive economic growth through private sector development in order to improve the livelihoods of ordinary Zimbabweans.

The current Denmark-Zimbabwe Development Partnership Programme which runs from 2013 to 2015 will bring increased annual aid inflows of up to $35 million.

The program’s needs-based interventions are targeted at broad socio-economic areas including democratic and accountable governance, infrastructure rehabilitation and policy development as well as private sector development in agriculture aimed at improving the productivity of the smallholder farmers.

Rasmussen said: “Zimbabwe has an enormous potential vested in its natural resources and its people.

Denmark gives great importance to our partnership with Zimbabwe and we strongly support the right to a better life for every Zimbabwean.”

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