International development cooperation strategies from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Strategy for Sweden’s global development cooperation in sustainable economic development 2018-2022


The objective of Swedish international development cooperation is to create preconditions for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression.


Sweden’s development cooperation is founded on the principles of aid and development effectiveness, as well as the international agreements that the international community reached in 2015: the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Swedish development cooperation within the framework of this strategy aims at contributing to global conditions for inclusive and sustainable economic development, growth and livelihoods for people living in poverty. The strategy applies to the period 2018–2022 and the total funding is estimated at SEK 4000 million.

This strategy is to be based, in particular, on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) : end poverty in all its forms everywhere (Goal 1); end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (Goal 2); achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (Goal 5); promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (Goal 8); build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation (Goal 9); reduce inequality within and among countries (Goal 10); and ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (Goal 12); and is to contribute to achieving these goals within the framework of its activities.