Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal    
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

Objective: to help create conditions that will enable the poor to improve their lives

Mandate: “The overall goal of Swedish development cooperation is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions.”  Not all Swedish ODA is channeled via Sida; Sida accounts for between 50-60% of foreign aid distribution.  Other distributors are the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Export Credits Guarantee Board.

Policy for Global Development

  • Based heavily on MDGs and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. 
  • In December 2003, the Swedish Parliament adopted the Government Bill, Our common responsibility - Sweden's Policy for Global Development (PGU), thus forming the basis for a unified policy to contribute to equitable and sustainable global development.   PGU is based upon based on two perspectives and eight cornerstone ideas
    • Two perspectives
      • Rights perspective
      • Perspective of the poor
    • Eight central component elements
      • respect for human rights
      • democracy and good governance
      • gender equality
      • sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the environment
      • economic growth
      • social progress and security
      • conflict management and security
      • global initiatives to protect the environment, combat contagious diseases, etc


Sweden is working with approximately 120 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.   Swedish Parliament, not Sida, decides on the countries that are to receive support from Sweden.


  • Every year Sida implements more than 6 000 contributions in these fields: education, health, private sector development, housing, rule of law, research, infrastructure and trade.
  • There is a large budget for emergency assistance for people affected by wars or other disasters.
  • Sida's staff rarely work with the projects- they are implemented by some 1 400 partners in cooperation, often Swedish organisations, companies, government agencies, societies and experts financed by Sida.
  • Types of support, percentages from Sida’s aid in 2005
    • 75% Project support and misc.
    • 14% Humanitarian aid
    • 6% Sector programme support
    • 5% General budget support


Sida has been allocated 15.9 billion Swedish crowns (~2.35 billion USD) to distribute in 2007.

AID CHANNELS FOR 2007 (Updated 20 Mar 2007)


4,894,000 TSEK (~722,949.87 USD)

Humanitarian contributions and conflict-related activity    

2,045,000 TSEK  (~302,047.54 USD)

Global development programmes

1,857,500 TSEK  (~274,358.80 USD)


1,775,000 TSEK (~262,173.28 USD)

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

1,429,300 TSEK  (~211,095.59 USD)

Non-Governmental Organisations

1,320,000 TSEK (~194,952.90 USD)

Latin America

1,110,000 TSEK  (~163,927.33 USD)


962,000 TSEK (~142,081.15 USD)

The Middle East and North Africa

400,000 TSEK  (~59,077.40 USD)


50,000 TSEK (~7,384.68 UDS)

Concessionary credits 

50,000 TSEK  (~7,384.68 UDS)

  • Of the total ODA budget, approximately two-thirds of the funds go to bilateral support.
  • One-third of the funds is for multilateral cooperation and is channelled primarily through the agencies in the UN system, to the World Bank, the development banks and to the EU’s development cooperation budget.

Support for public organizations and government services

“The basic idea of twinning is that Sida helps to strengthen public organisations and government services in its programme countries by establishing partnerships with their counterparts in Sweden…The objective of twinning is to help the partner organisations in the beneficiary countries grow on their own terms and on the basis of their own cultural, political, economic and social environment.” 

Twinning is subordinate to the goals and conditions of Swedish development cooperation, especially democracy and human rights. The parameters of the twinning projects are therefore defined by Sida and the partner countries, while the specific goals of the projects are decided by the organisations involved.

Twinning is a method that can be applied in areas such as:

  • auditing,
  • statistics and
  • tax collection
  • police collaboration.
  • municipal partnerships

Support to Non-Governmental Organisations

One of the cornerstones of Sida's cooperation with Swedish NGOs is the "project grant", which allows the organisations to operate independently using funds contributed by Sida. In giving support to the work of NGOs, Sida hopes to promote the development of a dynamic and democratic civil society, and strengthen the local partner organisations.
The principal rule is that an NGO must contribute at least ten per cent of the total sum for a project or programme. Today, project funds are distributed through 14 framework organisations that administer all applications from their subsidiary organisations, which they then submit to Sida for a decision.
Sida's funding is managed by Sida's unit for collaboration with NGOs (


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