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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Sweden 2019

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The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

This review commends Sweden for its consistently generous levels of official development assistance and its global development leadership on peace and conflict prevention, environmental sustainability and gender equality. It also welcomes Sweden’s strong focus on and comprehensive toolbox for leaving no one behind. The review suggests that Sweden could benefit from consolidating its development co-operation policy framework and further enhancing the connections between its country, regional and thematic co-operation strategies.

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Sweden's global efforts for sustainable development

This chapter examines Sweden’s approach to global sustainable development including its response to global challenges, action to ensure coherence between domestic policies and global sustainable development objectives, and efforts to raise awareness of global development issues at home.Sweden is a committed, adept and influential actor on sustainable development at the international level and is working hard to meet its ambitious goal of being a leader in implementing the 2030 Agenda. A renewed political commitment to policy coherence for sustainable development, as well as reformed organisational processes, have enhanced its ability to identify and address domestic policy incoherence. To further improve its coherence Sweden could do more to analyse the impact of its policies in key partner countries.Sweden continues to prioritise development communication, and there is strong public support for development co-operation in Sweden and a growing recognition of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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