Swedish Development Cooperation

An effective development cooperation of high quality is required if Sweden is to contribute to an environment supportive of poor people's own efforts to improve their quality of life.

The objective of Swedish development cooperation is to help creating conditions that will enable poor people to improve their lives. Development cooperation focuses on combating poverty. To reduce poverty as effectively as possible, there must be greater openness and transparency in Swedish development cooperation to pave the way to more successful results.

The priorities of partner countries are the platform

The priorities and policies of recipient countries shall
form the platform of Sweden's development cooperation.
The cooperation shall be demand driven and complement
the poverty reduction efforts made by developing
countries themselves.

Effectiveness and results

Sweden is strengthening the governance of its development cooperation in order to clarify results in relation to established goals. These efforts are in line with the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness, adopted by OECD countries and a large number of developing countries. Sweden's bilateral development cooperation focuses on 33 countries and on involvement in a few sectors in each country with the aim of rendering Swedish development cooperation as effective as possible.

Multilateral cooperation

Much of the Swedish development cooperation is channelled through multilateral development organisations such as the UN, development banks (e.g. the World Bank) and global funds. Being board members or through other forms of dialogue, Sweden influences how these organisations implements their activities and design their policies. The Swedish strategy for multilateral development cooperation governs the actions of Sweden.

Development cooperation through the EU

Together, EU Member States and the European Commission
contribute with over half the world's development aid. This makes the EU the world's largest donor. The EU has a common development policy, the aim of which is to eradicate poverty in a sustainable way and to contribute to the UN Millennium Goals. Sweden influences both the development cooperation managed by the European Commission and the development cooperation pursued by EU Member States through political agreements in the EU.

Three thematic priorities

Three thematic issues are given priority in the development
cooperation:
a) democracy and human rights
b) gender equality and the role of women in development
c) climate and environment.
These are to be seen as depictions of the type of development the Swedish Government wishes to see and support.