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NGOs concerned at funding changes

Published tisdag 17 juli 2007 kl 14.24

Swedish Non Governmental organisations, or NGOs, are worried about their futures as the Swedish Government announces changes to their financing.

Currently, the government asks NGO’s to raise 10% of funding themselves. The new proposals stipulate that they will need to find 20% of the finance required for their operations, cutting the amount currently given to them by the Swedish International Development Agency, the SIDA.

One of the NGOs that is considered to be at risk of losing out is the Swedish Development Forum, an organisation that promotes an exchange of ideas on global development issues and internships for foreign students. Much of their funding comes from the SIDA and they say it will be very difficult to go out with collection-boxes asking the public for money to finance their seminars.

But the Swedish ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that it’s important that NGOs remain as independent as possible from the Government.

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