Sweden prepares 2020 strategy for development cooperation with Cambodia

The Swedish government has instructed the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) to start preparations for a new strategy governing Swedish development cooperation with Cambodia. Priorities in the current strategy focus on strengthening democratic governance and human rights observance, as well as support to the education sector, inclusive labour market, and environmental efforts to combat climate change.

All these focus areas will remain central to the new strategy documents, however Sida is asked to place particular attention on opportunities to further strengthen cooperation in democratic governance. The new plan will outline goals to be met in the years 2020 to 2024. 

Swedish government - Press release (in Swedish) 


Sweden prepares 2020 strategy for development cooperation with Rwanda

The Swedish government has instructed the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) to start preparations for a new strategy governing Swedish development cooperation with Rwanda.

Sida will specifically search out opportunities to collaborate for improved democratic governance and environmental practices. The current strategy documents expire in December 2019. The new plan will outline goals to be met in the years 2020 to 2024. 

Swedish government  - Press release (in Swedish) 


Swedish State Audit Office report criticises Sida's management of development cooperation

The Swedish State Audit Office (SAO) has released a report on Swedish development cooperation highlighting significant inefficiency and ineffectiveness in how the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) has managed development funds in the nexus between long term development cooperation and humanitarian assistance.

The review, which covers the years 2015 to 2017, claims that Sida staff often lack the competence and/or time to effectively manage development programs. SAO also criticizes the steering documents which guide Sida's work in this area for being overly vague. Planning, analysis and financing that could be done jointly, according to the report, is frequently done separately, leading to inefficient and ineffective management.

Sida has responded to the SAO, stating that the findings of the report are misleading and that many improvements have been made since 2017. 

Report - Omni Digital (in Swedish)

Response - Dagens Arena news (in Swedish)


2019 U20 Tokyo communique focuses on climate action, social inclusion, and sustainable growth

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Meyers Summit. The communique from the summit focuses on three policy areas:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Social Inclusion and Integration
  3. Sustainable Economic Growth

The U20 group meets in the sidelines of the group of 20 (G20) events to discuss common problems and solutions relating to cities and the goal of achieving a sustainable and inclusive world. U20 participating cities are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane.

Communiqué - 2019 Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit

Website - U20 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (in Japanese)  

Sweden announces additional funds for Ebola crisis in Eastern DRC

The Swedish minister for international development cooperation, Peter Eriksson, has announced additional support of SEK40 million (US$5 million) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for response to the Ebola crisis in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The minister also raised the escalating Ebola crisis as additional agenda item at the EU Council of Ministers' Meeting in Brussels on May 16, 2019, urging the EU and member states to provide additional funds. 

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)


Swedish development minister urges EU leadership and youth engagement on 2030 Agenda and climate change

The Swedish minister for international development cooperation, Mr Peter Eriksson, attended the EU Council of Ministers Meeting in Brussels on May 16, 2019. The minister addressed how EU leadership on the 2030 Agenda and climate change can be strengthened, and that the development assistance of the EU should give priority to climate change and environment linked to poverty reduction. He also highlighted the need to engage young people in climate change actions and that the EU should step up its involvement in the Sahel region on these issues. 

The minister raised the Ebola crisis in eastern Congo as an extra agenda item at the Council of Ministers Meeting. He noted that the situation in the country is critical and there are insufficient financial resources to manage the emergency.   

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish) 

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Report shows Swedish action plan for implementing UN resolutions on women, peace, and security has had positive results

The Swedish government has reported on progress achieved in 2016 and 2017 towards Sweden's 2016 action plan for implementing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on women, peace, and security.

Overall, the report shows that the action plan's focus on leadership, ownership, and the integration of women, peace, and security issues into ongoing operations has yielded results. It also shows that Sweden has supported a large number of concrete local initiatives on inclusive peace processes, conflict prevention, and greater protection of women and girls in conflict. It also shows that Sweden has contributed to policy development on the global arena through work in, for example, the UN Security Council. 

The report is available here (in Swedish)

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)


Sweden starts preparations for new strategy on development cooperation with Tanzania

The Swedish government has issued instructions to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, to start reviewing Sweden's development cooperation with Tanzania, as the development cooperation strategy between Sweden and Tanzania will soon end. The review is to include analysis of the results of development cooperation to date and propose options for future collaboration. The deadline for Sida to send input for a new strategy to the government is September 15, 2019. 

The thematic areas that the government wishes Sida to explore further are in the areas of: human rights, democracy and the rule of law and equality, inclusive economic development, training, and environment and climate. 

Press release - Swedish Government (in Swedish) 

World Bank finds upward trend in remittances from Sweden

According to World Bank figures for 2017, approximately US$1.6 billion (SEK15 billion) was sent from Sweden as remittances to other countries, equivalent to approximately one third of Sweden's total ODA budget. However, the estimates from the Swedish statistics bureau are much lower, placing remittances at approximately US$420 million (SEK4 billion) per year. The large discrepancy relates to uncertainty around the data for these figures, given the difficulty in measuring this type of financial flow. 

Both the World Bank and Statistics Sweden both agree that remittances are continuing to trend upwards and is becoming increasingly important as a source of development financing. Accordingly, the United Nations (UN) is striving to reduce transaction costs on transfers from current levels of 7-10% to 3%. Sida, the Swedish development agency, has been supporting these efforts through its regional strategy for development cooperation with Africa for 2016-2021.

This topic has also launched a debate in Sweden on how to better include migrants and diaspora populations into development cooperation efforts.  

News article - Omvärlden (in Swedish)


UN launches new network of Global Investors for Sustainable Development

At the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up, a new network of Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) was launched. The design of GISD has been heavily inspired by the Swedish network for investors that has been managed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) since 2016. Promoting and leveraging increased private sector investments for sustainable development is high on the list of the Swedish government's priorities. This was reflected in the presence of both the Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Peter Eriksson, and the Director General of SIDA, Ms. Carin Jämtin, at the launch event in New York.

The GISD has been developed by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in close collaboration with SIDA. Similar to its Swedish counterpart, the GISD is a partnership which aims to promote engagement in corporate governance around the SDGs as well as being a platform for learning, sharing experiences, and founding voluntary projects. To reach UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is estimated that US$90 billion is needed globally. Throubh the Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development network members have started a number of new SDG funds and several investments have been made in green bonds, World Bank SDG bonds, and sustainable water bonds. In 2018 four members of the network (SEB, SHB, Swedish Church and Skandia) made a large joint investment, with a focus on sustainable cities, amounting to US$270 million (SEK 2,5 billion) in World Bank bonds.  There is significant potential to leverage new financing for the SDGs through the GISD. 

Information on the SISD can be found here 

Information on the GISD launch even

Source - Sida Press release 

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