Overview of the Danish International Development Assistance
The Environmental Support Programme ESP3 is funded by Denmark and implemented under the Danish Embassy in Indonesia.
The overall objective of Danish bilateral development assistance is poverty allevation through promotion of human rights and economic growth. An effective reduction of poverty is a precondition for a stable and sustainable global development.
Assistance should help recipient countries in efforts to achieve social and economic progress on a sustainable basis and for the benefit of the poorer sections of the population. The cooperation is based on an active dialogue with authorities, institutions and the private sector in order to ensure that the assistance is based on local needs, priorities and ownership as well as commitment from government authorities.
Denmark's bilateral development cooperation is currently concentrated on 15 programme countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These are chosen according to their level of economic and social development as well as their specific needs and absorptive capacity. Programme countries in Asia are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Vietnam. Thailand was one of the programme countries until the mid-1990s, when the country became a middle-income country.
Danish environmental assistance aspires to promote sustainable development in developing countries and reduce environmental pressure at global, national and local level. As a follow-up to the Rio Conference in 1992, a special facility was established by the Danish Parliament in order to strengthen efforts to combat global environmental problems. Through its Strategy for Environmental Assistance in the development cooperation 2004-2008, the Danish Government recently aligned the environmental assistance with the overall development assistance. The Special Environmental Assistance is currently provided to 10 countries in the regions of South East Asia and Southern Africa. In South East Asia the assistance is provided to Thailand, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.