New strategic partnership with MFA Denmark: DKK 156 million per year for four years

Monday July 3rd we received the great and significant news that DRC has been awarded a strategic partnership with MFA for 2018-2021 - securing an income of DKK 156 million per year (DKK 68 million for CIV and DKK 88 million for HUM); a total of DKK 624 million over the four years. The amount represents an increase from 2017 where the frame and humanitarian partnership agreement make up a total of 134.4 million (not including MFA special grants and ICRC funding). We have been granted 84.6 % of the amount we applied for (DKK 184.4), which is a really strong result exceeding our expectations.

The MFA has entered into strategic partnerships with 17 partners. New partners are International Media Support (IMS), ‘Børnefonden’ and Plan Danmark. Moreover, there are two ‘new’ organizations in the humanitarian field: MS Action Aid and IBIS Oxfam and one in development: the Danish Refugee Council.

The overall assessment of our proposed partnership engagement was very positive and it is rated as highly relevant. MFA has assessed that there is a high degree of coherence between the overall DRC mandate, vision, valued added and strategy and the proposed intervention and contribution to the MFA strategic points of orientation, the Lot objectives as well as a high degree of support towards the fulfillment of the SDGs. MFA underlines how in particular DRC’s needs-based approach to addressing vulnerabilities and DRC’s work with local communities to build their capacity and resilience, constitute a strong point of departure for DRC’s contribution to the achievements of the SDG’s. Moreover, in their assessment MFA accentuates that DRC provides a particular compelling case in the humanitarian field.

MFA also assesses that DRC’s comprehensive approach, combined with the fact that 5 out of 9 contexts targeted for Lot HUM also are targeted for Lot CIV, places DRC in a strong position to work across the humanitarian-development nexus. MFA assesses that this is clearly reflected in the application as well as the individual TOCs, where we present how we work with immediate life-saving assistance, as well as activities aimed at reducing the vulnerabilities of communities and people affected by crisis. The MFA emphasizes how this is achieved through a strong focus on capacity development of NS partners and affected communities including host communities for displaced people and civil society organizations.

MFA also points to some areas we should work with over the next four years if we wish/chose to be even more aligned with MFA priorities such as ‘coordination and coherence’. We find that we have managed to present DRC in a truthful way giving us the opportunity to improve the areas where we can make an even stronger case next time, but also securing that we can deliver on what we promise and present in the application.

August 18th the Minister for Development Cooperation has invited all strategic partner Secretary Generals for a meeting, which will set the frame and direction for the future cooperation. Subsequently, MFA will enter into a bilateral dialogue with all the strategic partners about common priorities and strategic areas of cooperation and how to adjust amounts. We have just received the draft guidelines, which we are revising. We will let you know as soon as possible about dates and MFA expectations for 2018 documentation.

Big thanks again to all those who have been involved in the field and at HQ for the effort and important contributions to a result we can be proud of. We look forward to implementing the agreement, continuing all the good work and developing our capacities to become an even stronger organization true to our core mandate and vision and strongly committed to our partners and the vulnerable populations we aim to assist.