Danish minister launches US$ 50 million programmes in Pakistan

Islamabad: The Government of Denmark Wednesday launched its new development programme for Pakistan 2013-16 in which it will contribute US$ 50 million for democratic development, regional stability, human rights and gender equality.

Denmark will almost double its commitment from around US$ 8 million annually to USD 14 million over the next three and half years as a continuation of the first program launched in 2010.

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, who is on a two day visit to Pakistan, hosted the ceremony under the large presence of representatives from the civil society, media, diplomatic core and UN agencies. Mr. Tariq Fatemi, the Special Assistance to the Prime Minister was the Guest of honour.

In an interactive session, Mr. Bach talked about the new program in the context of Denmark’s overall development strategy, ”The Right To a Better Life”.

He stressed that the Danish development program framework reflected the strategic choices made to support Pakistan in its democratic transition, especially taking account of the continued conflicts in the north-western border areas.

The Danish development strategy has a rights-based approach and focuses on the underlying power relations and fundamental causes of discrimination and poverty, giving priority to actions aimed at benefiting the poorest.

The main objective of the program is to contribute to improving the lives of poor people and their ability to create a better life for themselves.