The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) is the section of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for distributing aid to the Third World. Most of Danish aid is given to Africa and Asian nations and the organization is comparable to United States' USAID.
By parliamentary decision, total Danish development assistance (bilateral and multilateral) must constitute 1 percent of Denmark’s gross national product. In 1999, this amounted to DKK 11.362 billion (or 1.01% of GNP, and excluding environmental assistance under the Environment, Peace and Stability Fund, EPSF). Danish development assistance, which is allocated as grants, has been conducted under the name DANIDA since 1963.