Sweden announces new strategy for 2020-2024 development cooperation with Palestine

The Swedish government has issued instructions to the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) to initiate the development of a new strategy for the cooperation with Palestine for the years 2020-2024. 

Sida will continue to prioritize human rights, democracy, the rule of law, gender equality, environment and climate, and inclusive economic development in the newest strategy iteration. FBA will focus on how Swedish development cooperation can contribute to a fair, peaceful, and sustainable solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The instructions from the government also include a focus on Hebron, following the discontinuation of the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) by Israel. 

The five year portfolio is funded at SEK 1,5 billion (US$158 million) up to maximum SEK2 billion (US$211 million). Sida and FBA should present their proposal for the new strategy to the government by September 2019. 

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)