The Swedish government has set aside approximately 1.5 billion Swedish kronor (USD233.3 million) to support the work of local non-governmental organizations engaged in the developing world in 2011.
The money includes 1.2 billion Swedish kronor for 19 organizations under the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency’s framework agreement system, through which the agency channels most of its funding for civil-society development in poor countries. These organizations include Africa Groups of Sweden, Save the Children Sweden and Swedish Cooperative Center.
The country has also allocated 39 million Swedish kronor for efforts directed toward reforms in Eastern Europe and 65 million Swedish kronor for efforts to disseminate information about Swedish aid and development work.
Sida’s budget for NGOs this year also includes 300 million Swedish kronor reserved for projects focused on children and the youth. The agency said it would outline in the coming months how this part of the budget will be allocated.
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