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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 policy vision and framework

This chapter assesses the extent to which clear political directives, policies and strategies shape Sweden’s development co-operation and are in line with international commitments, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sweden has established a coherent but broad framework for its development policies since the last review. The new framework focuses on areas where Sweden has comparative advantages, and helps deliver on its commitment to leaving no one behind by addressing rights and multidimensional poverty. Sweden is a global leader on gender equality, confirmed through its Feminist Foreign Policy. At the same time, Sweden maintains a large number of thematic priorities and has developed a multitude of strategies. There is scope for Sweden to consolidate its policy priorities and better capitalise on synergies among its strategies. Sweden takes a strategic approach to engaging at the country or regional level and aims to select partners on the basis of how well they can contribute to its policy goals and achieve sustainable results. Sweden’s selection of partner countries is overall well aligned with its policy focus on LDCs and the most vulnerable countries. However, Sweden’s bilateral ODA is thinly spread across its priority countries.Sweden takes an informed approach to selecting priority multilateral partners but makes limited use of governments as implementing partners.

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