Government suspends aid to Uganda

In response to the anti-gay legislation adopted by Uganda last week, the Government is now choosing to suspend aid to the Ugandan government sector.

"The Government reaffirms its strong condemnation of Uganda's legislation, which violates the human rights of LGBT people. Swedish aid is not unconditional. The Government is therefore now choosing to suspend government-to-government payments still due under our current strategy for Uganda, with the exception of research cooperation," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström.

Aid to the government sector will also be reconsidered in the process of drawing up a new strategy for Swedish development assistance to Uganda.

"It is important to send a clear signal to the Government of Uganda that we condemn the new Act and that their actions have consequences. At the same time, we intend to support and improve the situation of LGBT people in Uganda by providing Swedish assistance through other channels," says Ms Engström.

The current strategy for Uganda applies during 2014. The Government is working on the new strategy with a view to adopting it within the next few months.