Swedish government adopts national action plan for implementation of the 2030 Agenda

The Swedish government has adopted a national Action Plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for the period 2018-2020. The Action Plan outlines a number of key actions for sustainable development that are expected to yield results already in the short and medium term.

Six thematic focus areas are highlighted: 1) Equal opportunity and gender equality, which includes health equity; 2) Sustainable communities; 3) A circular and bio-based economy; 4) A strong and sustainable business community; 5) Sustainable and healthy food; and 6) Knowledge and innovation. The action plan focuses on the national implementation of Agenda 2030 but also includes Sweden's contribution to the global implementation of the agenda. The forthcoming Swedish plan for global health is included under result area 1 to contribute to the efforts on improving health equity.  

Report – Swedish government (in Swedish)


Sweden's stance on Mexico City Policy challenged in new report

The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) has published a report finding that civil society organizations with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) projects are having to decide between Swedish or US funding, following the Trump administrations' expansion of the global gag rule, the Mexico City Policy. 

The Swedish government has decided it will not finance organizations which agreed with the policy, in an effort to safeguard access to safe abortions. However, the report finds that in the cases of Zimbabwe and Mozambique this restriction of funding is harming local health projects. 

Report- CHANGE  

News article - Swedish radio (in Swedish)

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Swedish State Secretary appointed Assistant Secretary General at UNDP bureau

The United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres has appointed Swedish Secretary of State, Ulrika Modéer, as Assistant Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy.

In her new role she will be part of the UNDP's management team and lead strategic work on financing issues and external communications. Modéer advocates for UN reform, aid effectiveness, and increased core funding to the UN. She will begin her new position in the coming months. 

Press release - Swedish government

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Swedish government strengthens women, peace, and security focus in cooperation with Afghanistan

The Swedish government has adopted a strategy to strengthen the inclusion of women, peace, and security in Swedish cooperation with Afghanistan for the period 2018-2019. The new strategy is additional and complementary to the Swedish strategy for development cooperation for the period 2014-2019.  

This new strategy will contribute to women in Afghanistan having increased knowledge, strengthened networks, and being better organized to participate in and influence peace efforts. It also aims to contribute to an increased capacity to identify opportunities for dialogue and mediation, as well as contributing to dialogue and mediation processes among parties in the Afghan-led peace efforts. The government has tasked the Folke Bernadotte Academy with implementing this new strategy, and has allocated a total SEK10.6 million (US$1.2 million) for the two-year period.

Press release – Swedish government (in Swedish)


Swedish government adopts new strategy for sustainable economic development 2018-2022

The Swedish government has adopted a new strategy for its global cooperation in sustainable economic development for the years 2018-2022. The strategy will help to strengthen opportunities for sustainable livelihoods as well as productive employment and decent working conditions. It includes contributions to both economic development in developing countries' formal economies and in the informal economy, where a predominant part of women’s work is conducted. The strategy will also contribute to enhanced ownership and exploitation of land and natural resources, private-sector development, and sustainable entrepreneurship, and it also includes priorities on free and fair trade. The Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, is tasked with implementing the strategy.  The government has earmarked SEK800 million (US$92.3 million) for the five-year strategy period. 

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)  


Swedish government adopts new 2018-2022 strategy for development cooperation with Myanmar

The Swedish government has adopted a new development cooperation strategy with Myanmar for 2018-2022. The strategy focuses on three thematic areas: 1) human rights, democracy, gender equality and the rule of law, 2) peaceful and inclusive societies, and 3) equal health. The Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, FBA, are tasked to implemented the strategy.  The government has earmarked SEK 25 billion (US$145 million) for Sida’s operations and SEK30 million (US$3.5 million) for FBA. The support will be mainly channeled through CSOs and UN agencies in the country. The Burmese government will not receive budget report.

Press release - Government of Sweden (in Swedish)

Sweden Global health

Sweden increases financial support to Bangladesh for Rohingya refugee crisis

In response to the Rohingyan refugee crisis, Sweden has committed to increasing development support to Bangladesh from US$86 million to US$221 million from 2014-2020, which translates to approximately US$12 million per year. Cooperation will focus increasingly on strengthening Bangladesh's capacity to cope with crisis and reducing dependency on humanitarian aid in refugee areas such as Cox's Bazar. Three quarters of Rohingyan refugees are women and children, who constitute a priority target group for Swedish assistance. 

Press release - Government of Sweden (in Swedish)

Radio program - Swedish radio (in Swedish)


Sweden increases commitment to Global Environment Facility by 50%

Sweden has made an additional commitment of just over SEK2 billion (US$232 million) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This increases Sweden's overall contribution to the GEF by more than 50% for 2018-2022 compared with 2014-2018.

Sweden hosted the pledging conference for the GEF on April 24-25, 2018. A total of US$4.1 billion was pledged by 29 countries. The agreement reflects the strong international support for GEF and means that approximately 140 beneficiary countries will receive increased resources to achieve global environmental goals. According to Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Isabella Lövin, the GEF will be scaling up its use of innovative financing models to increase impact per dollar spent. 

Press release - Government of Sweden (in Swedish)


Sweden provides US$4 million to support healthcare in Syria

The Swedish government, through the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, will allocate an additional SEK35 million (US$4 million) to strengthen access to health care in Syria. The contribution comes in addition to the SEK401 million (US$47 million) Sweden has contributed this year for humanitarian support in the country. The support will be channeled through the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

Sida is also preparing non-earmarked support to the WHO for the period 2018-2019; the organization itself will decide on how best to use it. From 2016 to 2017, non-earmarked support to the WHO totalled SEK320 million (USD$37 million).

Press release - Sida (in Swedish)

Sweden Global health

Swedish government projects continued strong economic growth for 2019, boding well for ODA

The government of Sweden has submitted its Spring Budget Bill to Parliament, including proposals for amendments to the 2018 budget. In the Spring Budget Bill, the government provides an assessment of the economic forecast and fiscal policy for the budget for 2019. The Spring Budget Bill also includes the government's proposals for amendments to the current budget for 2018. This is the last budget presentation before the general election scheduled for September 9, 2018. Highlights from the presentation include:

  • Continued strong economic growth at around 3%.
  • The country is experiencing its highest employment rate in 25 years, the highest ever recorded by Eurostat. Unemployment is continuing to fall and is estimated to reach 6% next year.
  • Public finances are strong, with surplus recorded throughout the mandate period of the current government and Sweden's public debt as a share of GDP declining by 10% since the current government took office, its lowest level since 1977.
  • Investments in jobs, healthcare, school, and climate have yielded results, and the government is continuing further efforts for a safe and sustainable Sweden.

For development cooperation this means that continued high levels of ODA can be expected from Sweden. Traditionally, Sweden has allocated 1% of its GNI to ODA each year.

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)