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After the announcement, SIDA will have to move several projects to the back burner. Photo: TT

Centre-right slashes aid budget

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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