Sweden to develop new strategy for humanitarian assistance with eye towards gender, climate, conflict resolution

On May 7, 2020, the government instructed the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to initiate work on a new strategy for humanitarian assistance for the period between 2021 and 2025. Sweden is currently one of the world’s largest humanitarian development partners.

The new strategy is to explore synergies between humanitarian assistance, long-term development cooperation, and support for peacebuilding, as well as the impact of climate change and gender equality on humanitarian assistance. The new strategy will be developed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to be adopted before the end of 2020.

"Sweden must have absolute world-class humanitarian aid and be a leading humanitarian voice. Swedish core support enables humanitarian organizations to act quickly in the event of new and unforeseen crises. We will work for efficient and flexible financing and for more countries to take global responsibility," said Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation, Peter Eriksson.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)