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

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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 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 approves new development cooperation strategy with Iraq

The Swedish government has approved a new five-year strategy for development cooperation with Iraq, from 2017 to 2021. The strategy focuses on peace building, gender equality, and human rights. Annual allocations will reach SEK200 million (US$23.3 million) and funds will be channeled through Sweden’s development agency (Sida) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. This strategy will be complementary to Swedish humanitarian support for Iraq, currently standing at SEK145 million for 2017 (US$16.9 million).

Source: Press Release – Swedish Government (in Swedish)


Sweden introduces 'social indicators' into economic development framework

The Swedish Minister of Finance, Magdalena Andersson, presented new measures for well-being that will be used to monitor and plan macroeconomic development in Sweden. In addition to the traditional macroeconomic indicators (such as GDP, debt-to-GDP ratio, unemployment figures, and household debt), the new measures will include social indicators on health and education – including self-perceived wellness – and indicators on air and water quality, CO2 emissions, and chemicals. These measures are aligned to the global Agenda 2030 targets on sustainable social, economic, and environmental development.

Seminar presentation slides – Swedish Government (in Swedish)


EU foreign ministers endorse new Africa-EU Partnership Strategy

EU foreign ministers have endorsed a new joint EU-Africa Strategy that seeks to strengthen mutual engagement, address security, and promote sustainable, inclusive economic African development. The Strategy Communication, launched in May 2017, identifies two strands for these objectives. First, the strategy aims at building more resilient states and societies, with a focus on 1) preventing conflicts, address crises and peace-building, 2) strengthening governance systems; and 3) managing migration and mobility. Second, it aims at creating more and better jobs, especially for youth, with a focus on 1) attracting investments, 2) promoting renewable energy, 3) transforming African agriculture and agro-businesses, and 4) improving knowledge and skills in the African continent. The European Council’s endorsement underscored the importance of human rights, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the work to be supported by the new strategy.

Press release - Council of the EU

Sweden presents report on national statistics and SDGs

The Swedish Statistic Bureau has conducted a comprehensive review of the Swedish official statistics to assess their performance against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 120 indicators are included in the report, of which 100 align directly with the SDGs. The report finds that Sweden fulfills 49 indicators in total, highlighting challenges in the areas of sustainable consumption, climate change adaptation, sustainable use of marine resources, and for targets on equality and non-discrimination.

This work is part of Sweden’s overall commitment to integrate the SGD Agenda 2030 into both domestic and international priorities. Sweden is one of 44 countries that will present the first regular voluntary review of the 2030 Agenda at the UN High-Level Political Forum (UN-HLPF) in July 2017.  More information on the voluntary national reviews can be found here.

Report – Swedish Government (in Swedish)


Sweden commits up to US$750 million for SDG 14 at Ocean Conference

At The Ocean Conference held on June 5-9, 2017, in New York, Sweden committed up to US$750 million over the next five years as part of its new global strategy on the environment, climate, oceans, and natural resources. Isabella Lövin, the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, said that Sweden's voluntary financial commitment will significantly strengthen development cooperation in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, which aims to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas, and marine resources.

Fiji and Sweden co-hosted The Ocean Conference with the aim to show how important healthy oceans are for the success of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Press release - Regeringskansliet


Goverment tasks Sida to develop strategy for sustainable use of marine resources

The Swedish government has issued an instruction to the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) to develop a global strategy for sustainable environment, climate and sea, and sustainable use of natural resources for 2018 to 2022. The development of this strategy is one of the voluntary commitments that Sweden will present at the UN Sea Conference in New York, co-hosted by Sweden and Fiji.  The estimated budget that will be made available for this strategy is between SEK 5-7 billion (US$593-830 million) in total.

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)


Sida gets new director general

The Swedish government has appointed Ms Carin Jämtin as the new Director General for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). her appointment started on May 29, 2017. Ms Jämtin is a former Minister of Development Cooperation, a position she held under the Social Democratic Government until 2006.

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)

Press release - Sida