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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Sweden 2013

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This DAC peer reviews of Sweden assesses its overall development co-operation performance, examining both policy and implementation. It takes an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the country under review.

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Allocating Sweden's official development assistance

Sweden’s international and national commitments, combined with strong cross-party political support underpin its generosity as a donor. In 2012, Sweden was the ninth largest DAC member, delivering USD 5.24 billion in official development assistance (ODA). It was the second most generous DAC member in terms of how much of its national income was given as ODA (0.99%). This reflects its commitment since 2006 to maintain its ODA at 1% of its national income. Most of Sweden’s ODA system is concentrated in just two institutions: the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Sida. Beyond these, the fast-growing refugee expenditures, a consequence of more people seeking asylum in Sweden, managed by the Ministry for Justice and the Swedish Migration Board, comprised 10% of its total ODA in 2011. Sweden meets most OECD requirements in its ODA reporting. However, reporting needs to be more punctual and transparent if Sweden is to meet its Busan commitments and its requirements as a signatory and co-provider of the secretariat of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

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