Danmission will have to cut around 4 million DKK (US$570,000) from a previous Danish Development Assistance (Danida) framework of 14 million DKK (US$2 million). The cuts will affect partners and activities in Egypt, Tanzania, Myanmar and Cambodia.
In Egypt, Danmission works with the Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Service (CEOSS), which is an important NGO in the Egyptian civil society landscape. Danmission supports two large dialogue and development projects through CEOSS, which will suffer the biggest cuts of all Danmission-supported projects globally.
Seventeen of the 81 participating community-based organisations will be unable to continue as part of the project due to the cuts in Danish development aid. This will exclude around 21,800 poor, local people in Egypt from the project who would otherwise have benefitted tremendously. Of these organisations, seven work in agriculture, six on economic empowerment, two on health issues and two on education. These are all areas where the affected community-based organisations could have done important work aimed at positive development in Egypt. This is now compromised.
The Danish government’s cuts mean that Danmission’s partner in Tanzania, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, will not be able to continue to run the Governance and Gender Rights Programme (GGRP). This project is innovative, as it deals with establishing public-private partnerships within Tanzania’s educational sector and facilitates cross-diocesan collaboration. Moreover, the important work that GGRP does to fight female genital mutilation will have to be halted.
Kirsten Auken, Director of the Poverty Reduction Department at Danmission says:
“We have been forced to cut our strategic reserves and so our ability to support small strategic initiatives in Myanmar and Cambodia throughout the year is most likely to be affected. We normally use our strategic reserves to support different types of civil society groups to advocate for an enabling environment for civil society”.