Sweden adopts new development cooperation strategy in Western Balkans, Turkey

On October 7, 2021, Sweden adopted a new development cooperation strategy for Turkey and the Western Balkans, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

The strategy, which will be implemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Swedish Institute, Folke Bernadotte Academy, and Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, covers the period between 2021 and 2027 and comprises a total of SEK 5.6 billion (US$645 million). Through the program's implementation, Sweden primarily seeks to strengthen conditions for human rights, democracy, the rule of law, gender equality, inclusive economic development, as protection of the environment.

As one of the largest bilateral development partners in the Western Balkans, Sweden’s support complements that of the EU, which includes supporting countries' reform efforts and their EU rapprochement.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)