RfD forms part of Danish development cooperation. Accordingly, all grants are subject to the general rules for Danish development cooperation. In particular, RfD forms part of the government support offered through Danish associations, the so-called civil society support. RfD grants should therefore fulfil the same criteria as those applying to other government support channelled through Danish organisations.

It is important for RfD grant holders to know which are the overall expectations to RfD even if the individual grantee shall not engage and report at this level. By way of example, a shipment receiving RfD support shall not account for how many people move out of poverty as a result of the equipment shipped with RfD support. But it is important for RfD grantees in Denmark and their local partners to appreciate that this particular support modality is considered a contribution to reducing the number of poor people in that particular community.

The four overall RfD goals are presented below, providing the backdrop for the particular criteria against which the individual application will be assessed. It is important to note that only Danish organisations are eligible to apply for the RfD fund. Organisations in the South cannot autonomously apply for the RfD fund. 

Overall goals for Recycling for Development

"The Danish civil society, from the large internationally connected organisations to the small, locally based associations, promotes Danish core values concerning association activities, organisation, democracy and human rights. They contribute know-how, organisational and technical knowledge and experience, which they also make available to authorities, businesses and other actors. The Danish civil society plays an important role in maintaining a popular Danish engagement in the development cooperation and in reaching a broad spectrum of Danes with knowledge about the living conditions and development in other parts of the world."
The World 2030. Denmark’s strategy for development cooperation and humanitarian action. Adopted in January 2017

1. Fighting poverty

For RfD, the overall goal for Danish development cooperation means that efforts should aim at enabling poor people experiencing better conditions. Shipments are therefore expected to target areas and interventions that can contribute to fighting poverty in situations when poor communities do not enjoy access to adequate services such as e.g. health clinics or primary education. Accordingly, support cannot be granted for shipments e.g. aimed at enabling a well-functioning private hospital providing an even better treatment for well-to-do patients.

2. Promoting sustainable development

It is important that efforts be carried out sustainably; meaning that equipment must be in an environmentally good condition and that the South partner itself can apply and maintain it. Thus, it is not sufficient to note a lack of a certain type of equipment: usage should also respect environmental safeguards and the equipment shall be used effectively in support of development efforts in which the South partner is engaged.

3. Strengthening civil society

Danish development policy emphasises the significance of democracy and human rights, a field in which civil society plays a particular role. RfD grants shall therefore ensure poor people in the respective communities growing influence and an improvement of their rights and opportunities. If e.g. a local primary school receives desks and reconditioned computers, it is important the school’s teachers and management are working together with parents and other relevant civil society groups to ensure that new opportunities are also effecting the surrounding society. RfD interests are not confined to the equipment proper and the individual recipient institution but also encompasses how the equipment is being used in relation to the local community at large.

4. Ensuring popular anchorage

Denmark’s strategy for development cooperation and humanitarian action emphasises that development cooperation is organised so as to ensure popular anchorage in Denmark, i.e. that Danes are provided opportunities to engage in development work. Here RfD plays an important role as a support modality, which can engage groups who may not otherwise be participating in such efforts. RfD is therefore particularly relevant for Danish associations wanting to involve fellow citizens in these efforts: i.a. through collection and reconditioning endeavours or by virtue of the association carrying out information work on conditions of living in the particular developing country.