On August 23, 2021, a week after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) submitted its situation analysis to the Swedish Government. All Swedish support for Afghanistan has already been suspended and, as per the report recommendations, Sweden will channel increased resources for humanitarian assistance through the United Nations (UN) going forward.
"We are suspending all Swedish support or part of the support that has gone to strengthening the Afghan state and which may involve resources for the new government in Kabul, directly or through other actors. No such new decisions are made either," said Maria Lundberg, Head of the Afghanistan Unit at Sida.
Nevertheless, activities focusing on impact, accountability, and peace-building may still be implemented even if directed to or delivered in cooperation with state actors, within the framework of the goals set by the Swedish Government for its development cooperation with Afghanistan.
In the analysis, Sida concluded that most of its partners in Afghanistan will be able to continue providing support to the Afghan people in areas such as health, education, and safety of the civilian population.
Lundberg continued: "Sida works intensively and in dialogue with our partners to continue working for the good of the civilian population in Afghanistan and to protect the progress made over the last 20 years. Now many organizations need increased resources to ensure the safety of their employees. Our assessment is that more support needs to go through the UN and that parts of development aid in 2021 will be distributed to humanitarian aid."
Press release – TT (in Swedish)