Swedish payment for OECD DAC chair faces criticism at home
Swedish financial support for the candidacy of Charlotte Petri Gornitzka for chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has come under fire from development actors in Sweden, including parliamentarians, government officials, and civil society. Critics argue that the OECD members should share the cost of the chairmanship instead of awarding the position to the highest bidder.
In 2016, the Swedish government paid SEK12.4 million (US$1.4 million) for Ms Gornitzka's candidacy and an additional SEK4.8 million (US$560,000) for an advisor in the OECD secretariat. Sweden's Minister for Development Cooperation, Isabella Lövin, says that this was in line with regular procedure at the OECD. Gornitzska was elected as chairman of the OECD DAC in the summer of 2016 for a two-year commission.