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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 humanitarian assistance

This chapter looks at how Sweden minimises the impact of shocks and crises, as well as how it works to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity in crisis and disaster settings.Sweden has a strong humanitarian tradition and actively works to drive a more efficient, principled and co-ordinated humanitarian system at the global level. Its policies and strategies are aligned to its international commitments, and Sweden is making good progress in ensuring greater coherence among its development, humanitarian and peace work. Organisational reforms and a more coherent approach to risk and resilience analysis are driving a more joined-up approach. These should be built upon.Sweden has strengthened the quality of its partnerships with the humanitarian community, notably with more multiyear framework agreements that provide much-needed predictability for its partners engaged in protracted crises.

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