Sweden Promises More Aid to Kenya

    Sweden has pledged to increase its assistance to Kenya, with more money to strengthen democracy and uphold human rights.

    Total Swedish aid for Kenya from 2011 to 2013 now amounts to 1.175 billion Swedish kronor ($180.8 million), including an increase of 25 million Swedish kronor this year.

    “There is no doubt that at a high political level in Kenya there are forces that are opposed to reforms,” Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson said in a July 14 press release. “There is a clear risk of a backlash, which is precisely why it is now important to give full support to the positive developments that are occurring and within reach.”

    The Swedish embassy in Nairobi will administer the increased funding in line with Sweden’s current development cooperation strategy with Kenya, which will run through 2013.

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