Sweden explores support options for Sudanese population

Although Sweden has suspended all official development assistance (ODA) to Sudan since the military's coup d'état in late October 2021, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is exploring options for providing continued support to the Sudanese population. SIDA plans to target support in humanitarian assistance, democracy building, freedom of speech, and girls’ education.

Sweden has supported Sudan since the peace agreement was signed in 2019, focusing its interventions on peacebuilding, human rights, and climate and environment. Sweden recognizes particular progress in its development targets related to criminalizing genital mutilation and strengthening freedom of the press.

The lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the dire economic situation in the country, have doubled the number of Sudanese people in need of humanitarian assistance; it is expected that demands for assistance will increase further as a consequence of the coup.

News article – Omvärlden (in Swedish)