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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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Managing Sweden's development co-operation

Since the last peer review, Sweden’s development co-operation system has gone through a period of rapid institutional change which now appears to be coming to an end. These reforms should strengthen Sweden’s ability to deliver an effective aid programme. Some have already delivered positive results, but many will need time to take effect. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has integrated development across many of its departments and is strengthening its ability to provide policy and strategic guidance for Swedish aid. Sida is improving its programme and financial management and has enhanced its governance structures. The division of labour between these two institutions has been clarified since 2009 and co-ordination between them and other relevant government agencies is good. Sweden has also taken steps to further decentralize its operations by increasing the number of field offices with full delegated authority. Its system supports the implementation of most of its policy priorities and commitments, with the exception of environment and climate change where structures supporting this in the MFA are currently weak.

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