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Sweden approves policy engagement strategies with UNDP and UNFPA

The Swedish government has adopted two new organizational strategies that will guide its core support and policy engagement with two United Nations (UN) agencies for 2017-2021: the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Strategic priorities with UNFPA include gender equality and universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, with focus on young girls. With UNDP, strategic priorities include UN reform; democratic governance, human rights, and the rule of law; climate change, resilience, and environmentally sustainable development; and conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction.

Sweden is the largest core donor to UNFPA and the second-largest core donor to UNDP, providing 6% and 11.6% of the agencies' total support in 2016 respectively. 

Publication - Government of Sweden (in Swedish)

Sweden Global health

Sweden hosts new land rights institution for indigenous peoples

Together with the Ford Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) has launched ‘The Tenure Facility’, a new global institute that focuses on land rights issues for local communities and indigenous peoples. It will support local organizations and is based on a four year pilot project funded jointly by Sida and the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, Mali, Peru, Cameroon, Liberia, and Panama. The Facility officially started on October 3rd and will be located in Stockholm, Sweden.  

Press release – Sida (in Swedish)

News report – Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish)

Global Sweden

Sweden will fulfill ODA target of 1% of GNI in 2018 budget

The Swedish government has announced that it will present the supplemental budget for 2017 and the budget bill for 2018 to parliament on September 20, 2017. The FY2018 budget will include the largest Swedish development budget to date: The government will add SEK500 million (US$59.3 million) for ODA, while the current ODA funding allocated for asylum seekers is estimated to decrease, from SEK8.1 billion (US$961 million) for FY2017 to SEK2.8 billion (US$332 million) in the FY2018 budget. This is the lowest level in 10 years. As a result, the ODA share of gross national income (GNI) will grow from 0.99% to 1%.

The additional ODA budget will primarily be allocated to the following areas: 

  • humanitarian assistance
  • sustainable development
  • climate change
  • peace and human rights
  •  sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
  • gender equality
  • fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda 2030

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)

Global Sweden

ONE 2017 data report urges a 'doubling' of development finance in Africa

International campaigning and advocacy organization ONE's 2017 data report, 'Financing for the African Century', reveals that the world's poorest countries - and the world's poorest citizens - are receiving a declining share of global resources. While ODA levels have grown globally, the share for least developed countries (LDCs) and Africa has declined, and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows remain the lowest of any region in the world. 

With the continent’s population set to double by 2050, the report urges that all forms of development finance also be doubled. According to the report, increased investment in the empowerment of Africa's youth will be critical to harnessing its 'demographic dividend' and will require cooperation between African governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector.

Publication - ONE

New Director General of Swedish NGO Diakonia appointed

Swedish NGO Diakonia has appointed Georg Andrén as its new Director General. Andrén most recently held the position as Sweden’s ambassador to Guatemala, and has held several senior positions at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The appointment started on September 1, 2017.

News article – Omvärlden (in Swedish)

Sweden

Sweden increases commitment to climate-related programs in 2018 budget

The Swedish Government will increase its investments to fight climate change and protect marine resources by SEK742 million (US$88 million) in the 2018 development budget. The announcement was made by Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, on September 2, 2017. The increased investments will be distributed across the following:

  • A special initiative for marine and climate-related efforts (SEK50 million,US$6 million)
  • A new global strategy for sustainable environment, climate, oceans, and sustainable use of natural resources (SEK170 million, US$ 20 million)
  • Sida’s bilateral country strategies (SEK352 million, US$42 million)
  • Swedfund, which provides development financing through sustainable investments for poverty alleviation (SEK 100 million,US$ 12 million)
  • The Adjustment Fund, providing support for climate-friendly measures for agriculture, early warning systems, and flood protection, as well as secure access to water (SEK35 million,US$ 4 million)
  • Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), which supports countries to prepare and implement national action plans for climate change (SEK35 million, US$4 million)

Press release – Swedish government  

Global Sweden Agriculture

Sweden adopts new development strategy for sustainable peace

The Swedish government has adopted a new strategy for sustainable peace, to contribute to conflict prevention and peace building. The strategy is focused on women and children in conflict. Sida and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) are jointly tasked to implement the strategy for the 2017-2022 period. The government has not yet secured the full budget envelope for the strategy, but has announced its intention to increase funding for  the strategy during the period of implementation.

Press release – Swedish government  

Global Sweden

Sida may phase out support to organizations that sign US' Mexico City Policy

The new Director General of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Carin Jämtin, announced that Sida may phase out or terminate support to partner organizations who accept the US' Mexico City Policy. As such, the agency is beginning to review all ongoing SRHR contracts. Sida will try to reallocate phased-out the funds to other organizations. 

Press release – Sida

Global Sweden United States

Sweden increases Sida's humanitarian assistance budget

The Swedish government has approved an increased budget allocation of SEK 200 million (US$3.3 million) to Sida, its development cooperation agency, for humanitarian assistance. According to Sida’s Director General, Carin Jämtin, the funding will go to intense and acute crises, i.e., Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Yemen, among others.

For 2017, total funding for humanitarian assistance amounts to SEK6.15 billion (US$753 million). This includes the new increase and one made in the spring to address famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen, and to support the humanitarian situation in DRC.

Press release - Sida (in Swedish)

Sweden

Sweden releases feminist foreign policy implementation report

Two and a half years after Sweden became the first country to introduce a 'feminist' foreign policy, the government has published a report on its implementation thus far. The report highlights activities undertaken within the framework and describes successes in the six priority areas of the policy: 1) human rights, 2) freedom from violence, 3) influence in peace building and mediation, 4) political participation, 5) economic empowerment, and 6) sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). 

The period covered by the report runs from October 2014 to April 2017. 

Report – Swedish Government (in Swedish)

Sweden