File photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT
The Swedish National Audit Office. File photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT.

National auditors criticize foreign aid management

The Swedish National Audit Office has once again criticized how the Swedish authorities manage development assistance, saying it is impossible to find out why specific organisations are given money, and if the money actually gets results.

Last year SEK 30 billion was spent by the Swedish government on foreign aid. In a previous report the auditors heavily criticized how the Swedish International Development Co-Operation Agency spent its share of the money.

Now, the Foreign Office also gets its share of the blame, when it comes to how direct aid to organisations such as the World Bank or UNHCR is spent.

The auditors claim that funding decisions are often taken by individual civil servants in an informal process, with no proper documentation and follow-ups. That makes is difficult to see why money has been paid out, and if it has made a difference, Swedish Radio News reports.

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