Swedish conservative party proposes reduced global development budget
The Swedish conservative party, Moderaterna, has proposed a reduced global development budget for 2019 that would bring official development assistance (ODA) to below the target of 1% of gross national income (GNI). The party has emphasized that it remains committed to the 1% target but wants to see a more gradual progression in which the target is reached by 2022. In total, the party's ODA budget for 2019 is SEK1.2 billion (US$133 million) lower than that proposed by the outgoing government. In terms of priorities, Moderaterna wants to see a larger proportion of ODA channeled through multilateral agencies but does not specify which areas within bilateral assistance would see reductions if its budget motion is approved by parliament.
Parliament will debate and vote on the 2019 ODA budget on December 12, 2018. Sweden is still grappling with a government deadlock following September 2018 elections and is currently run by a caretaker government under Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén.