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)

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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)

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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)


Swedish government adopts its first strategy for gender equality 2018-2022

The Swedish government has adopted its first strategy for gender equality in development. The strategy covers the period 2018 to 2022 and aims to address a wide range of issues, from normative frameworks for gender equality, to strengthening organizations that work on gender equality, and also targeted interventions such as improving capacity for generating and using gender disaggregated data. The government has earmarked US$122 million (SEK1 billion) for the strategy, which the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, is tasked with implementing. The strategy was presented at the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality that took place on April 15-17, 2018.

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish) 


Sweden ranks as highest donor in 2017 for ODA/GNI

Recently released figures from the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) place Sweden as top contributor of official development assistance (ODA) as a percentage of its gross national income (GNI), reaching 1.01% in 2017, the equivalent of US$5.5 billion. The United Nation's target is to keep ODA at, or above, 0.7% of donor GNI.

Four other DAC members – Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, and the United Kingdom – met the United Nations target in 2017.

News article - Omvärlden (in Swedish)

News article - OECD DAC


Sweden allocates unprecedented sums to humanitarian assistance for 2018

Humanitarian assistance from Sweden has increased to US$865 million (SEK7.2 billion) in 2018, from US$588 million (SEK4.9 billion) budgeted in 2015. Of this, US$486 million is to be disbursed through the Swedish International development agency (Sida) and US$384 million through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).  Sida provides support through humanitarian organizations and focuses on approximately 30 crises worldwide, while the MFA mainly provides core support to UN organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for humanitarian purposes.

The Syrian crisis will receive the largest allocation  (US$42 million), followed by the crisis in four countries around Chad (Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon) and Yemen. The increasingly severe situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to a substantial increase in support this year. Another crisis that is receiving increased support is South Sudan and the surrounding countries, home to a large number of refugees.  

Sweden is a major donor, ranking as the seventh-largest contributor providing humanitarian assistance in response to UN appeals after the United States, Germany, Britain, Japan, Canada and Norway.

The overall cost of meeting humanitarian needs has doubled over the past decade. The UN's humanitarian appeal for 2018 covers US$22.2 billion. In 2017, a little more than half (59.5%) were financed. It is still unclear to which extent the appeals will be financed in 2018. 

Press release – Sida (in Swedish)


Sweden approves continued support to Oxfam for humanitarian assistance

The Swedish International development Agency, Sida, has approved a new three-year program for Oxfam for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. The decision to provide new funding to Oxfam was put on hold in February 2018 pending a response from the organization on how they handle the cases of sexual exploitation within their organization. Oxfam has since been able to show that they have strong rules and routines in place that work in practice.

Sida’s support to Oxfam is for three years for a total of US$12.6 million (SEK104 million). The assistance is expected to reach over 280,000 people in five countries, namely: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Algeria, Central African Republic, and Chad.

Press release - Sida (in Swedish) 


Sweden gets top ranks for gender equality work in global health

The Swedish International development agency, Sida, is at the forefront of gender equality work in global health, according to the 2018 Global Health Report 50/50 published on March 8th.

In a response to the 2018 report from the international initiative Global Health 50/50, the Swedish State Secretary for international development, Ulrika Modéer, published an op-ed on the development platform ‘Biståndsdebatten’ in which she applauded the work of Sida, especially in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also calls for continued work to engage boys and men in global health, increase the proportion of female managers in global health actors, and create workplaces that are free from sexism.

Debate article - Bistå (in Swedish)

Publication - Global Health 50/50 Report

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