How much ODA does Sweden provide?
What are Sweden's strategic priorities for development?
Who are the main actors in Sweden's development cooperation?
How is the Swedish ODA budget structured?
What are important decision-making opportunities in Sweden’s annual budget process?
How is Sweden’s ODA spent?
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.
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.
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
The Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to host its annual meeting in Yokohama, Japan, to discuss development issues and institutional matters. The meeting, which will take place May 4-7, 2017, attracts over 3,000 participants, including finance and development ministers, central bank governors, private sector, and civil society organizations, as well as media, academic, and development partners. It provides a platform for major decision makers in global affairs to discuss challenges and explore solutions facing Asia and the Pacific.
Location: Tokyo, Japan