On February 16, 2021, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, decided to suspend part of its official development assistance (ODA) to Myanmar. The decision comes after a military coup on February 1.
Swedish ODA to Myanmar has primarily been focused on supporting peace, democracy, and health care, and while Sida has now decided to suspend all ODA directed to state actors, the agency will continue to support initiatives implemented by independent actors that promote democracy and human rights.
In practice, this means that the Swedish ODA that has been channeled through the UN Development Program to support accountability mechanisms and strengthen democratic institutions, including Parliament, has now been suspended. In addition, support channeled through the anti-corruption program out of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has also been terminated.
After the military coup, all three programs were immediately frozen by the UN and the principles of the UN’s engagement with Myanmar are currently under review. In conflict areas where other health services are lacking, exceptions have been made to allow for limited continued cooperation with the Access to Health Fund and the UN Population Fund to promote lifesaving operations, such as ambulance transport and COVID-19 protection equipment for field personnel.
In 2019, Sweden's ODA to Myanmar amounted to SEK 306 million (US$37 million).