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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 financing for development

This chapter considers how international and national commitments drive the volume and allocations of Sweden’s official development assistance (ODA). It also explores Sweden’s other financing efforts in support of the 2030 Agenda.Sweden is a generous donor who meets and goes beyond its international ODA commitments. In response to a sharp increase of in-donor refugee costs, Sweden has taken action to maintain predictable aid flows for its development agencies and aid partners.Sweden’s bilateral aid supports least developed countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, and is strongly focused on supporting democracy building and civil society and gender equality. This is in line with its policy priorities. However, there is room to allocate a higher share of Sweden’s bilateral ODA to a prioritised set of partner countries. Sweden is a valued multilateral donor, providing flexible and predictable resources to international institutions. Its allocations are coherent with its policy priorities, and the largest share of its multilateral aid is allocated to the United Nations System. Sweden is actively engaged in promoting financing for development and is increasingly using its ODA to catalyse private sector flows.

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