Sweden prepares 2020 strategy for development cooperation with Afghanistan

The Swedish government has instructed the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) to start preparations for a new strategy governing Swedish development cooperation with Afghanistan.

Sida has been given a broad mandate to explore cooperation options within the areas of peaceful and inclusive society, human rights, democratic governance, rule of law, education, health, gender equality, inclusive economic development, environment, climate, and sustainable natural resource management. FBA was asked specifically to propose priorities on the topic of peaceful and inclusive society.

Afghanistan is the largest recipient of Swedish bilateral ODA funds, and Sweden is the fifth largest donor to the country. The indicated funding for the next strategy is SEK3.6 to 5.2 billion (US$381.6 million to US$551.2 million) and will cover the period 2020 to 2024. The indicated allocation for FBA is SEK50 million (US$5.3 million). 

Swedish government - Press release (in Swedish)

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