Sweden Donor Profile

Last updated: March 2017.


the big six

How will Swedish ODA develop?

  • Sweden is committed to spend 1% of its GNI on ODA. Its strong economic growth is likely to drive increases in ODA: According to the 2017 budget bill, the Swedish Government plans to increase budget allocations to ODA by 21% between 2016 and 2020, from SEK43.3 billion (US$6.3 billion) to SEK52.4 billion (US$7.6 billion).

What will Sweden’s ODA focus on?

  • Climate change and the environment are among the issues at the center of Swedish development policy. In the short term, Sweden will focus on supporting developing countries in the implementation of their commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • Sweden is focusing increasingly on humanitarian aid and peace-building, as part of its policy to tackle root causes of conflict and of migration. It plans to leverage its seat at the UN Security Council for 2017 to 2018 to this end. In the framework of its feminist foreign policy, Sweden places a strong focus on ‘women, peace and security’ including advocating for the inclusion of women in peace processes and negotiations. It also provides training on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, a resolution that aims to foster the participation of women in peace and security processes.
  • Against the backdrop of its feminist foreign policy, Sweden will continue to focus extensively on women and girls. This is also true in the health sector: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a key area of Sweden’s engagement, along with maternal and child health, and health systems strengthening (HSS). Looking forward, it is likely to increase further: early 2017 the government announced increased support to the UN Family and Population Fund (UNFPA), to the ‘She Decides’ initiative – a fund established by the Netherlands to counter the anticipated impact of cuts in US funding to organizations providing abortion-related services, and strengthened involvement towards organizations working around abortion.

What are key opportunities for shaping Sweden’s development policy?

  • The government plans to increase ODA by 21% from US$6.3 billion in 2016 to US$7.6 billion in 2020. Within Sweden’s international development budget, the costs of hosting refugees will significantly decrease from 2018 onwards, freeing up additional funding for development programs abroad.
  • The ‘Results Strategy for Global Action on Socially Sustainable Development 2014-2017’ governs the funding allocations and activities of development agency Sida. The strategy is likely to be extended for a year; a new strategy is expected to be operational from 2019 onwards. Over the course of 2017 and 2018, the renewal process provides an opportunity to shape the allocation directions of Sida.





  • Expert Group for Aid organizes public debate on Swedish ODA levels

    On March 17, 2017, the Expert Group for Aid Studies held a seminar in Stockholm to discuss its report on Sweden’s commitment to spending 1% of its gross national income (GNI) on ODA. The event aimed to look critically at the 1% target and its implications for Swedish ODA. Discussion revolved around the general principle of expenditure targets in the state budget, and the risk of creating incentives based on spending rather than on quality of service. Participants concluded that the 1% target has a significant symbolic value, and is unlikely to change in the short- or medium-term.

    Report – Expert Group for Aid Studies, in Swedish
    Podcast – Expert Group for Aid Studies, in Swedish

  • Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality speaks about human trafficking at UN Security Council

    Sweden participated in the UN Security Council Ministerial level ‘Open Debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations: Forced labour, slavery and other similar practices’. The Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, spoke on behalf of the Swedish government and reiterated the need to address the root causes of human trafficking, and to engage more women and girls in efforts to combat it.

    Website - Government of Sweden

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