A democratic experiment
Ever since its founding in 1940, DUF has been an experiment in democracy. It is by no means an easy experiment, but guided by a constant desire to develop DUF as well as our member organisations, we continue to promote the rights and possibilities of children and young people. In this vocation we believe that debate and experimentation are crucial tools.
Apart from its national commitment DUF is engaged in international activities in South and Southeastern Europe as well as in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Our objective is to strengthen the capacity and democratic structures of organisations in developing countries that work with the social conditions and opportunities of children and young people.
DUF does not carry out developing projects on its own, but through financial support we encourage Danish children and youth organisations to engage in international work. As a result quite a few of our member organisations carry out work in developing countries that enhance the living conditions and opportunities for children and young people in poor countries.
Global issues and Danish children and young people
DUF also provides information about global issues to Danish children and young people. Our aim is to inform children and young people about living conditions in developing countries and to strengthen the awareness of opportunities and limitations of children and young people’s influence on their own lives in developing countries.
Furthermore, as a part of its international work DUF is engaged in lobby activities in different national and international networks and organisations such as the United Nations. All these activities are held together by a strong aspiration to promote the influence and contribution of children and young people throughout the world.