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Development Cooperation

The Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) is the section of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs dedicated to providing aid and financing pro-development activities in developing countries worldwide.

Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance - DSIF:

Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance is administered by the Investment Fund for Developing Countries - IFU and funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

The overall development objective of the cooperation is to contribute to create sustainable local development in Pakistan in line with national priorities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance is a facility under the Danish Development Cooperation that provides access to finance for sustainable infrastructure in developing countries tied to transfer of technology and knowhow through Danish companies. Support may also be granted to development of feasibility studies where Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance can cover 75 per cent of the costs. Furthermore, Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance can offer technical assistance and support to authority-to-authority cooperation on grant terms related to specific projects, if deemed relevant.

 

Projects must be in line with the development strategies and sector plans of the recipient country, create sustainable growth and employment and deliver measurable results toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance offers interest free loans, with 10 years maturity (in exceptional cases 15 years can be accepted), for investments in primarily public infrastructure in developing countries with GNI per capita less than USD 3,995 (2018) and with a Danish representation.

 

Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance may finance projects with an estimated contract value per project up to approximately, but not necessarily limited to, EUR 100 million. Single projects below DKK 100 million (approx. EUR 13.5 million) are not eligible for Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance, unless specifically decided.

 

Sustainable Development Goals - SDG - Facility:

The SDG facility is intended as a flexible instrument, allowing the Danish Embassy to respond to opportunities by supporting clearly defined, strategically important development initiatives in Pakistan. Any supported activity must have, as its main objective, the promotion of economic and social development of the population of Pakistan.

All activities supported with funds from the opportunity window must be eligible for registration as ODA.  This means that any supported activity must have, as its main objective, the promotion of economic and social development of the population of the host country. Types of activities that can be supported include:

  • Assist local partners in organisation of workshops, trainings, seminars, conferences, studies and cultural events.
  • Travel expenses (economy class) for local partners (government officials/civil servants/civil society representatives) for participation in strategically important local/international meetings.

With priority given to locally anchored partners, the Danish Embassy can conclude agreements on activities with the following partners:

  • National authorities, i.e. authorities of national and local governments, as well as semi-governmental bodies, (public universities, public research institutes, public utilities etc.);
  • Local non-profit civil society organisations, i.e. NGOs, associations, research institutes, foundations, etc. The organisation must be rooted in the country concerned, i.e. its registered office and activities are in the country. As a general rule, in order to be eligible for support, the organisation should have been in existence for at least one year, articles of association must have been drawn up for the organisation, and its accounts be subject to audit;
  • International organisations, i.e. international and multilateral development organisations;
  • Danish authorities, i.e. governmental institutions, including ministries and governmental agencies and semi-governmental bodies (public universities, public health sector institutions, public research institutes, etc.);
  • Local representations of Danish NGOs and Danish civil society organisations, i.e. associations, research institutes, foundations, etc.

Private companies and individuals are not eligible for support.