International Development Cooperation


International development cooperation is an integral part of Iceland's foreign policy. The Strategy for International Development Cooperation focuses on the promotion of human rights and gender  equality, peace and security, as well as the fight against poverty, social injustice, disparity in living conditions and hunger. It furthermore attempts to ensure internal coherence in Iceland's foreign policy with regards to global economic, environmental and security matters. 

On October 1, 2008,  Act no. 121/2008 on Iceland´s International Development Cooperation, entered into force, replacing the former law on Iceland´s bilateral development assistance dating since 1981. The new Act forms the basis for Iceland´s international development cooperation. It introduces a holistic approach to development cooperation, covering all aspects of Icelandic Official Development Aid (ODA), as opposed to the former law which only dealt with bilateral development cooperation. On 18 December 2015 an Act was passed in Parliament , amending the laws from 2008. One of the main changes includes the merger of the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) into the Foreign Ministry.