International development cooperation

Sweden has a long tradition of generous and ambitious development aid. Development cooperation is about helping to enable poor people to improve their living conditions. Swedish development aid is often channelled through international organisations such as the UN and the EU. Humanitarian assistance refers to Sweden’s activities to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the human dignity of those affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other similar circumstances.

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Isabella Lövin, minister för internationellt utvecklingssamarbete och klimat samt vice stats­minister
Isabella Lövin Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

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News about international development cooperation

Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Humanitarian year 2016

Humanitarian needs in the world are increasing. At the same time, more and new types of crises and disasters have hampered response efforts in a situation in which humanitarian resources are already limited. Humanitarian issues are the focus of aid and development policy in 2016.

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin and Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Sierra Leone
Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin serves as co-Chair together with Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Sierra Leone. Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices of Sweden

The International Dialogue

Since the beginning of 2015, Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin has been Co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS).

Illustration: The UN

The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realise the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

Ms Lövin with women bricklayers
Ms Lövin meeting women bricklayers who teach safer building to withstand future disasters. Photos: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin visits Nepal one year on from earthquake

On the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin is visiting the country to follow up relief efforts.

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