Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Sweden a leading actor in development cooperation

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The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has reviewed Sweden’s international development cooperation in a peer review. The official launch will take place on 12 June in Stockholm.

The 2019 Peer Review points out that Sweden is an adept, ambitious and influential actor in global sustainable development. Peace and conflict prevention, environmental sustainability and climate change, and gender equality are highlighted as specific areas of expertise.

“Sweden is a generous and principled donor and a world leader in gender equality, with an impressive 87 per cent of aid supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment. To be even more efficient, Sweden should exploit synergies between its strategies better – for example, by continuing to improve coordination of humanitarian aid, long-term development cooperation and conflict prevention,” says Susanna Moorehead, Chair of OECD-DAC.

“This really is an homage to Sweden’s international development cooperation. We give the most per capita in the entire world and we are efficient. But there are currently major challenges in terms of natural disasters, climate change and violent conflicts. In this regard, we need to work strategically and take a long-term approach with all of our partner countries,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.

DAC Chair Susanna Moorehead will present the review. Speakers include Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson and Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Carin Jämtin. Representatives of civil society, business and government agencies will also attend.

The Government wishes to highlight the review through an open discussion that can lead to joint resolutions on how Swedish development cooperation can be further improved. The day’s programme also includes thematic discussions on the DAC Peer Review recommendations and forward-looking discussions on the future challenges for development cooperation and Sweden as an actor in a changing world.

 

Background information:

Once every five years, Sweden’s international development cooperation is reviewed by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The DAC Peer Review of Sweden was conducted in 2018 and 2019.

Link to the Peer Review

Contact

Carl-Martin Vikingsson
Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00