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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

Last update: 31 March 2022
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  1. Intercontinental youth work cooperation
  2. Development cooperation activities

Intercontinental youth work cooperation

The Danish Youth Council (DUF) funds international projects run by Danish children and youth organisations.

One of DUF’s pools is the international pool, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Youth organisations can apply for funding for international partnerships in which young people engage in democracy and development cooperation. The international partnerships must be between a DUF member organisation and youth organisations/young people from countries listed on the OECD’s DAC (Development Assistance Committee) list.

In 2015, an effect study of the international pool was conducted. The study was based on qualitative interviews with 150 people from DUF member organisations, partners in developing countries, and the MENA region. Furthermore, 140 people have completed a questionnaire. The study concludes that the international pool creates identifiable changes at individual, organisational, and societal level. The study finds seven effects:

  • Develops unique competences
  • Develops young leaders
  • Attracts and retains volunteers
  • Strengthens an international perspective
  • Creates popular anchoring of developmental aid
  • Develops democratic youth organisations
  • Visualises young people as resources

The DUF programme Dialogue Ambassadors is funded by the Danish–Arab Partnership Programme, financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information on the Dialogue Ambassadors programme, see section 4.5 and 9.4.

In 2019, DUF facilitated a cross-political networks for young politicians.

In the wake of the Maidan uprising in Kiev in 2013-2014, many political parties surfaced. The cross-political network was established in order for young politicians in Denmark to help young politicians in Ukraine with establishing democratic organisations and creating a constructive dialogue. The network meets twice a year in seminars where participants exchange experience and are trained in dialogue, etc. The approach is peer-to-peer, and the format of the seminars is the training of trainers in order to equip the network members with tools and competences to use in the political parties in their home country. Development cooperation activities

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds a range of organisations through the Danish development cooperation. The organisations’ activities focus on issues such as human rights, the sustainable development goals, and development cooperation.


Focus on youth and working with young people is one of the eligibility criteria for strategic partnerships in the Danish development cooperation programme. On this basis, the following 18 organisations receive funding from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the period 2022-2025:


  • DanChurchAid (Folkekirkens Nødhjælp): Supports the poorest in the world in their struggle for a dignified life and helps people in need. They provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas and long-term assistance in the poor regions to create a more equitable and sustainable world.
  • Danish Refugee Council (Dansk Flygtningehjælp): Founded in 1956, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is Denmark’s largest and a leading international NGO. DRC provides protection and life-saving humanitarian assistance, and supports displaced persons in becoming self-reliant and included in host societies.
  • Danish Red Cross (Røde Kors Danmark): Part of the international Red Cross collaboration, which assists people in need all over the world. The Danish Red Cross runs the asylum centres in Denmark along the same lines as the municipalities.
  • MS ActionAid: Works to fight poverty and injustice in the world. Furthermore, the organisation works to strengthen a sustainable global development.
  • Save the Children Denmark (Red Barnet): Works to ensure all children a good life, to strengthen and protect children’s rights. The organisation works in Denmark and 120 other countries.
  • Oxfam Ibis: The Danish member of the Oxfam confederation. Oxfam Ibis works to ensure economic justice and inclusive democracies as well as quality public education for all.
  • CARE Denmark: Supports the world’s poorest and those most vulnerable to climate change in living dignified lives. Focuses on climate adaptation, education, emergency aid and individual resilience.
  • Caritas Denmark: The humanitarian relief organisation of the Catholic church. The organisation was founded in 1947 and is one of Denmark’s oldest humanitarian organisations.
  • Plan Children’s Foundation (PlanBørnefonden): The organisation focuses on children’s rights.
  • International Media Support
  • Danish Family Planning Association (Sex og Samfund): Works to promote the universal right to decide over one’s own body and sexuality. It is Denmark’s largest non-governmental organisation in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, working since 1956.
  • Danmission: An independent Christian-based organisation connected with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark. Danmission’s focus is on poverty reduction, religious dialogue, and church development.
  • SOS Children’s Village (SOS Børnebyerne): An independent, international NGO working for children’s rights.
  • ADRA Denmark: The Danish member of the global ADRA network. ADRA delivers relief and development assistance in more than 118 countries.
  • Mission East (Mission Øst): Works to support vulnerable people and help local communities lift themselves out of poverty and marginalisation.
  • WWF: As the world’s leading conservation organisation, WWF works all over the world, collaborating with people to develop and deliver innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and the places in which they live.
  • Forests of the world (Verdens Skove): An international environmental and development organisation working for forest conservation and the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

NGOs and youth organisations in Denmark are the main arenas where young people participate in issues, which are directly or indirectly related to global issues. Youth organisations often address global issues such as sustainable development, development cooperation, environmental issues, and human rights. Youth organisations in Denmark may apply for public funding. See section 2.1 for more information about the context for voluntary work in Denmark.