DPOD and the Mini-programme
Since 1994, a cooperation agreement has been in force between the Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark (DPOD) and Danida, the agency for development assistance under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This finances the “Mini-programme” of DPOD, as an item of Denmark’s National Budget, providing the disability organisations with a framework and financial facility to carry out focused cooperation with partners in the South, while enabling the in-house capacity-building required for this endeavour.
The conceptual starting point for DPOD and the Mini-programme is that people with disabilities are playing a special role in the local and global development. They need to be involved in development work related to the strengthening of civil society.
Overall, investment in people with disabilities is a prerequisite to meeting central objectives of Danish development policy. This applies particularly regarding democracy and human rights, where it is essential that people with disabilities gain knowledge of their rights and become motivated to join in decision-making processes at all levels of society. Today, however, people with disabilities make up the most marginalised and vulnerable group in development cooperation.