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Five danish organisations has been given the opportunity to make their projects come to life in cooperation with their local partners in the four countries of focus: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

In October 2016 the danish foreign minister invited civil society organizations and NGOs with previous experience from the MENA region to bid for the open tender to be partner in the Danish Arab Partnership Programme. COWI supervised the process that ended in January 2017.

The following organizations was accepted as partners in DAPP:

  • Human rights (40 mio. for five years): A consortium consisting of Dignity, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Euromed, EMHRF and Danmission.
  • Gender equality (25 mio for five years): KVINFO with subcontractors (Kvinderådet, Danner, LGBT, Sex og Samfund)
  • Media (25 mio for five years): International Media Support
  • Labor markets and labor rights (15 mio for five years): Consortium consisting of the LO/FTF council and the Confederation of Danish Industry


Furthermore, DAPP continues to support the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI) and participate in the bilateral support for the African Development Bank.

The process has ended and it is no longer possible to apply to be a contract holder in DAPP. However, the five partners can be contacted directly in case you have questions or specific suggestions for cooperation.

200 mio has been allocated in total to the projects. Read more about the partners in the boxes below this text.

Partner Organizations


Oxfam IBIS is part of the international Oxfam organisation and a new partner under the Dansk-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). However, as a member of Oxfam, IBIS is already very well established in the four countries selected (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan), where help has been provided for up to 50 years, including a large number of projects focusing on young people and their access to jobs.


The Middle East and North Africa are ranked as the regions in the world farthest away from equality between the sexes, and the absence of equality is regarded as being a key barrier to human and economic development in the region. This is why equality has been a focus area of DAPP since 2003, and continues to feature in the new programme period for 2017-21. Ever since the beginning of DAPP, KVINFO has raised the equality issue in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen.

The Consortium for Human Rights and Dialogue

Five organisations joined forces to continue work performed over a number of years to promote respect for human rights and religious diversity and dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the organisations involved are big, some even bigger. The consortium is composed of the following networks, foundations, institutes and organisations: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders, Institute for Human Rights, Danmission and DIGNITY – the Danish Institute Against Torture.

The LO/FTF Council

The LO/FTF Council (the Danish trade union council for international development co-operation) supports democratic movements in several MENA countries through local partners in the union movement and with funding from DAPP. The Council focuses heavily on the ability of trade unions to enter into dialogue and negotiation, and to fight for the protection of workers' rights, decent working conditions and the right to organise. The Council is working with the trade union movement, employers and governments to promote social dialogue and to generate development and stability on the labour market. The LO/FTF Council works closely with the Confederation of Danish Industry on some of these themes and has a presence in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan, along with regional representation on a wider basis in the MENA region.

International Media Support (IMS)

International Media Support promotes freedom of the press and free, impartial journalism in the Middle East and North Africa in partnership with DAPP. The presence of IMS and its partners in the region since 2004 has given people caught up in political crises, war and conflict access to a critical press as an alternative to propaganda, a corps of journalists able to provide basic humanitarian information when a crisis is at its height, and a chance to take part in debate on the future of their society.


The Youth Pool is an independent pool under the Danish Arab Partnership Programme. The pool supports projects and activities focusing on promoting involvement and engagement among young people in Danish-Arab partnerships in the time period from 2018-21. The pool was founded with the aim of promoting creative initiatives that engage the youth in participating in civil societies in Middle East and North Africa.