Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) helps reduce poverty in the world. Our support contributes to economic and political development in poor countries. This strengthens their democracy and creates conditions for people to lift themselves out of poverty.

The objective of SIDA is to create opportunities for people living in poverty and under oppression to improve their living conditions. Everyone living in Sweden and paying taxes is contributing to this. The government decides about how much money is allocated to development in the annual budget. It has long been about one per cent of Sweden’s GDP. SIDA has the power to decide about a half of the Swedish aid budget and is subject to the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Aid is both about humanitarian aid (emergency relief) and long-term development cooperation. Development cooperation is the more comprehensive of the two, although emergency interventions are perhaps the most visible.