four nations receive budget help

Minister to stop direct state budget aid

Sweden's Foreign Aid Minister Gunilla Carlsson wants to end Swedish direct aid to countries' state budgets. Today four nations receive this kind of bilateral aid: Tanzania, Mali, Burkina Faso and Mocambique.

Swedish Radio News cited the OECD's view on direct aid as potentially effective if managed well, but the Swedish government now says it wants to put a stop to this type of support. "It's my ambition to end this, although I don't want to put an exact date on when," Carlsson told Swedish Radio News in its long Saturday interview slot, which will air in full at 12.55 pm Swedish time.

With evident agitation in her voice, she said Swedish aid was too focussed on "talk, talk, talk" and listed the aid community's trips, courses and conferences as a waste of time, calling instead for "less talk, more action".