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International Aid

Impossible to trace aid money

Published torsdag 14 april 2011 kl 17.37

There is little or no control when it comes to Swedish aid money, and nobody seems to know how much Sweden pays for international operations, according to a new report from the National Audit Office.

The controls is surprisingly poor and since there is no feedback it is impossible to say if the efforts have been successful or not, according to Jan Landahl, at the Audit Office.

“We don’t have the big picture of what this does,” he told Swedish Radio News.

“The government has ambitious goals but they are rarely transformed into clear directives and guidelines within the organisation.”

Sweden spends more than $500 million on international efforts but the audit office has not managed to trace all of the money to see where and how it has been spent.

“Another problem is that the government emphasise the importance of cooperation without telling how or when we should cooperate,” Landahl adds.

One example is Afghanistan where the cooperation between Sweden’s military efforts and the civilian aid has been nonexistent.

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