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.