Sweden's new development minister to prioritize democratic governance
Sweden's new Minister for Development Cooperation, Peter Ericsson, has given an outline of what he sees will be Sweden's priorities for development cooperation under his leadership. Official development assistance (ODA) levels will remain at 1% of Gross National Income (GNI) throughout this mandate period. Under Ericsson's watch, a more significant focus will be put on promoting and supporting democratic governance, especially in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Balkans, and Russia. No amounts have yet been decided.
In addition, climate change, biodiversity, and women's and girls rights will continue to be priority areas. The ODA budget will continue to be a primary vehicle for implementing Sweden's Feminist Foreign Policy.