Sweden Unveils New MENA Strategy

Students at the al-Hamza Girls School in Yemen's Amran governorate. Promoting the rights of women and children is among the priorities of Sweden's new development cooperation strategy for the Middle East and North Africa. Photo by: Annasofie Flamand/IRIN

The Swedish government has approved a new cooperation strategy for the Middle East and North Africa, with a budget of 650 million Swedish crowns (USD91 million) from 2010 to 2015.

The new strategy will prioritize three major sectors: democratic governance and human rights, with a focus on women and children, sustainable management of transboundary water resources, and regional economic integration, according to a government press release.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency is tasked to administer development cooperation projects in accordance with the strategy.

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