The Swedish government adopted July 8 a strategy for its support for international involvement in Afghanistan, which identifies women’s welfare and governance as focus areas of Swedish development assistance for the Asian nation.
Strengthening women’s participation in Afghanistan will boost the situation in the country as a whole, according to the strategy, which stresses that Afghan women suffer from lack of resources and inequalities in the home and society.
The flow of aid to the war-torn nation is a key target for corruption, the strategy says. Protection mechanisms and active monitoring of efforts are priorities in combating corruption in Afghanistan, it adds.
Striking a balance between immediate aid and long-term capacity development, aid priorities will be based on Sweden’s plan for development cooperation with Afghanistan for the period 2009-2013, the strategy states.
About a quarter of Sweden’s long-term aid to Afghanistan will be directed to the country’s northern region, it says.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s humanitarian aid for Afghanistan will be governed by Sweden’s policy of humanitarian assistance and guided by principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Components of humanitarian aid should be coordinated with long-term development plans, according to the strategy.
The strategy also calls for Afghan ownership of development initiatives supported by Sweden.