Sweden has new Sudan aid strategy

    Sweden has issued a new strategy for Sudan, which could expand its support for Darfur. “In several respects, the strategy is ground-breaking for Swedish development cooperation in conflict and post-conflict countries. The strategy has a flexibility allowing consideration to be given to developments on the ground. Moreover, it is clearly focused on strengthening women’s participation in peace-building and reconstruction work, as well as in democratic decision-making processes,” Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson said. The European country previously channeled humanitarian aid for Darfur through international organizations but is now ready to provide it with reconstruction funds depending on the security and political situation in the region. Since the peace agreement was signed in 2005, Sweden has disbursed USD13.4 million to bolster relief and rebuilding operations in Sudan. (Press release: New Swedish strategy for development assistance to Sudan/Government of Sudan)

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