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Centre-right slashes aid budget

Published fredag 19 december 2014 kl 20.30
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After the announcement, SIDA will have to move several projects to the back burner. Photo: TT

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has had its budget slashed by almost eight percent for the upcoming year.

On Friday, the government's annual letter of appropriation - which out the objectives Sida should achieve in its work and how much money the authority is allocated - was published. The budget proposal from the centre-right alliances slashes the funding by SEK 1.5 billion to SEK 17.5 billion.

A number of the projects and cooperations that SIDA had planned for next years will now have to be moved to the back burner. According to SIDA:s own figures, around SEK 310 million were spent on aid to Syria in 2013. The budget cut represents five times that amount.

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