International development cooperation strategies from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Zambia 2018–2022 Reference No.: UD2018/10782/AF


The objective of Sweden’s international development cooperation is to create opportunities for people living in poverty and under oppression to improve their living conditions. Development cooperation will be based on the principles of aid and development effectiveness, and the new international agreements reached by the international community in 2015: the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement.


Within the framework of this strategy, Swedish development cooperation with Zambia shall contribute to reduced inequality and strengthened resilience, greater respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and economic development that is inclusive and sustainable in terms of the environment and climate. The strategy applies for the period 2018–2022 and encompasses a total of SEK 2 250 million.

The activities of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will contribute to the following objectives:

Human rights, democracy, the rule of law and gender equality

  • Improved capacity and increased democratic space to promote and strengthen human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
  • Increased gender equality, particularly in terms of political participation and economic empowerment.
  • Increased social protection for people living in poverty.
  • Improved conditions for democratic governance, reduced corruption, increased responsibility and accountability in public institutions.
  • Strengthened capacity in public institutions, including capacity to mobilise additional actors and resources for sustainable development.

Equitable health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and nutrition

  • Increased and equitable access to health services, with a focus on women, young people and children.
  • Greater access to and respect for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Improved nutrition for women, young people and children.

Environment, climate, renewable energy and sustainable, inclusive economic development and livelihoods

  • Sustainable use of natural resources, increased sustainable productivity and production in agriculture, and increased resilience to climate change.
  • Improved opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, with a focus on
    productive employment with decent working conditions, particularly for women and young people.
  • Increased capacity to engage in sustainable trade, access to markets and value chains for small-scale farmers, entrepreneurs and businesses.
  • Greater access to renewable energy and improved energy efficiency.