A unique partnership between Denmark and the Arab world

Human rights, equality, and job creation are consistent values in the Danish-Arab Partnership programme that aims is to promote good governance and ensure economic opportunities, especially for youths and women in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia.

The daily news landscape in Denmark are full of stories from the Middle East and North Africa. Frequently, the stories deal with war, conflict, and terror, however, the Middle East and North Africa do also persist and deliver lots of constructive stories filled with hope and development

Denmark is among the few countries that have established a partnership programme between Danish and Arab civil society organisations and that employs to promote good governance and ensure economic opportunities, especially for women and youths.

A unique partnership

Over a span of five years from 2017-2022, DAPP is stakeholder in supporting the four focal countries Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia with one billion DKK.

Specifically, it means that Huda from Syria who lives in Jordan has gone from living in poverty to earn her own money, due to her entrepreneurship of making homemade soaps, and that 25 year-old Mohamed from Morocco is now permanently employed and assured a minimum wage in a country struggling with youth unemployment.

It has also meant that Rehab from Egypt who was married into an arranged marriage, have through a feministic workshop found her voice to express herself. And in the Tunisian city called El Kef, an alliance between the justice system and the women organisations of the city has arisen, together fighting to ensure that the national law abolishing violence against women has a real impact.

Who?

It is DAPP’s five strategic partners, DIGNITY, KVINFO, International Media Support (IMS), Ulandssekretariatet, and Oxfam Ibis contributing to the substantial realisation of projects in their respective areas such as human rights, equality, freedom of press, labour market, job creation, and entrepreneurship.

Additionally, there is DAPP’s youth pool that is composed by GAME, Dansk Ungdoms Fællesråd, MS Action Aid, and Cross Cultures, and aims to support innovative approaches to engage young people in the four countries.

What and why?

Since 2003, Denmark has strengthened its effort in the Middle East and North Africa as a part of the prevailing Danish foreign- and development policy. The cooperation programme, appertained to the Foreign Ministry of Denmark, was launched under the Arab initiative and has since 2017 continued under the name: Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP).

It is no secret that the contemporary Middle East and North Africa are one of the most challenged places in the world. In Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen the states have collapsed and replaced by armed conflicts. According to the World Bank, the MENA-region is the least democratic in the world, and human rights- and civil society organisations have outmost limited room for manoeuvre.

Nevertheless, the region offers opportunities. Most of the countries contributes actively to reformistic and democratic initiatives. DAPP has succeeded in establishing a comprehensive network composed of authorities, civil society organisations, and corporations in the region. The experience and opportunities in the region undertake a Danish effort in removing extremism and migration, and simultaneously maintain the dialogue with those working for democracy, human rights, and economic opportunities.

Target Groups

The youth:

One of the biggest challenges I the Middle East and North Africa is youth unemployment. Two-third of the population is under 30 years old. If the young people are unable to establish themselves on the labour market, there is an increased risk of extremism and/or pursue of an uncertain future to Europe.

Hence, DAPP’s focus on engaging the youth in their respective country’s development and hinder brain drain, migration, and radicalisation by strengthening job creation and entrepreneurship.

The women:

Despite several progressions for women in relation to health, education, and political participation, there are still very different circumstances for men and women in the region, which is ranked as the least equal in the world. Judicial and economic gender discrimination impede for democratic and economic development.

Hence, DAPP’s attempt to promote equality initiatives, and strengthening women in political and economic participation.

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This is where we make a difference

Targeted efforts in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

The Danish-Arab Partnership Program is Denmark's collaboration program with the Middle East and North Africa. The program helps to strengthen good governance and ensure economic opportunities, especially for young people and women in the region, through partnerships. Countries of focus are Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

Egypt

Partner since
2004
Population
104,1 M
15–25 year olds
18,0 %
GDP growth
5,6 %
Unemployment
11,4 %
Internet access
46,9 %
Rank, Human Development Index
116 / 188
Rank, Press Freedom Index
166 / 180

Jordan

Partner since
2005
Population
10,8 M
15–25 year olds
19,8 %
GDP growth
2,0 %
Unemployment
15,0 %
Internet access
66,8 %
Rank, Human Development Index
102 / 188
Rank, Press Freedom Index
128 / 180

Morocco

Partner since
2006
Population
35,6 M
15–25 year olds
16,6 %
GDP growth
2,3 %
Unemployment
9,0 %
Internet access
64,8 %
Rank, Human Development Index
121 / 188
Rank, Press Freedom Index
133 / 180

Tunisia

Partner since
2011
Population
11,7 M
15–25 year olds
12,9 %
GDP growth
1,0 %
Unemployment
15,5 %
Internet access
64,2 %
Rank, Human Development Index
91 / 188
Rank, Press Freedom Index
72 / 180

Sources:CIA World Fact Book, Transparency International, UNHDP & Reporters sans frontières