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Danish Trade Union Development Agency (DTDA)

The Danish Trade Union Development Agency (DTDA) was founded in 1987 under the name of "LO-FTF Council" by Denmark’s two largest trade union confederations, LO (the Confederation of Danish Trade Unions) and FTF (the Salaried Employees' and Civil Servants' Confederation), who merged in 2018 as the Danish Trade Union Confederation, in Danish: Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation (FH).

In the beginning, the activities were centered about solidarity work in South Africa to remove the apartheid regime and support the banned Congress of South African Trade Unions COSATU.

Today the DTDA is the professional development organization of the Danish trade union movement with 14 employees in Denmark and Danish counsellors and local employees across the world.

Besides the consortium with DI and 3F, DTDA is managing the Danida GLOBUS-fund in cooperation with CKU (Centre for Church based Development).

DTDA bases its work on the values of the trade union movement and focuses its efforts within the Decent Work agenda on four main areas:

  • Creation of decent jobs
  • Securing the rights of workers
  • Creation of a social protection  
  • Securing social dialogue 

DTDA seeks to strengthen capacity building and advocacy of trade unions in the developing countries, in order for them to fulfill their democratic role in the labour market and contribute to sustainable growth and employment.