The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) has been an important instrument in Denmark’s foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since its establishment in 2003. The new DAPP, building on the positive experiences of the past and focusing on employment and human rights, will continue to support Danish policy priorities in the region, and in particular policies addressing migration.
The new DAPP includes two programmes, with complementary strategic objectives, aimed at improving young people’s lives. The Programme for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (the Youth Employment Programme) aims to increase the number of young people with jobs in the DAPP countries through entrepreneurship and enterprise development. The Programme for Human Rights and Inclusion (the Human Rights Programme) continues to build on the important achievements of the past relating to reforms in the human rights systems, prevention of violence and torture, victim treatment and gender- based violence, protection of minorities (including LGBT+ and faith-based minorities), free media, and gender equality.
A total of DKK 1 billion has been allocated for the DAPP and the largest portion of the budget is allocated to the two programmes.
The new DAPP phase 2022-2027 adopts youth as its main target group. As in the previous phase, DAPP will focus its activities in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.
The overall objective of the Human Rights Programme is to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights with a focus on youth in the selected DAPP countries.
To achieve the objective, the Programme includes engagement with both duty bearers (state and public institutions) and rights holders (HRDs/HROs, civil society) with a particular focus on youth. Merging all elements of human rights, relative to different and independent engagements from the existing programme, the new DAPP adopts a systemic approach to human rights supporting greater linkages between all human rights actors, public and private, youth and minority groups with the purpose of strengthening dialogue and ultimately, where feasible, a social contract between duty bearers and rights holders. The programme will have a particular focus on promoting SDG 3 on good health and well-being, SDG 5 on gender equality, and SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions in the four DAPP countries.
In order to reach the objective, the programme will work towards achieving four outcomes: