Sweden reviews North Africa Aid
Months of rapid political developments in North Africa, driven by revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and other countries, is leading to a review of Swedish aid to the region. Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, says assistance may increase, but that she is more concerned with evaluating how best to channel funds.
Sweden’s foreign development assistance generally aims to support goals such as respect for human rights, democratization, access to clean water and economic integration.
Speaking after a parliamentary seminar on foreign aid this week, Carlsson said her ministry is looking at whether the development of market economies in former dictatorships is best served through bilateral agreements administered by the Swedish International Development Authority, SIDA, or through coordinating aid with institutions like the EU and the World Bank.