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Sweden's foreign aid policy to be reviewed

Published tisdag 18 februari 2014 kl 10.03
Auditor General Claes Norgren, left, said the review will examine Sweden's aid. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Sweden's National Audit Office will review the Ministry for Foreign Affair's handling of financial aid after a scathing internal report found problems with how the department doled out billions of krona to various agencies and countries.

Swedish Radio News reports that a preliminary study by the office already showed possible flaws in the Ministry's administering of the money, particularly in how aid projects were documented, distributed and followed up.

According to the auditor general, Claes Norgren, the review will deal with the Ministry's decision-making process on aid, how results are reported to parliament and whether payments are made in a timely manner.

"Ultimately, it is about whether the government's money is handled in an efficient manner," Norgren told Swedish Radio News.

Every year, some 80 organizations, such as United Nations agencies and the World Bank, receive aid from Sweden to the tune of about SEK 11 billion.

The review is scheduled to be completed this fall.

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