SIDA is a government agency of the country of Sweden which channels its resources through NGOs, multilateral cooperation, and the EU, among others.
Its aims are to promote the idea of “international development cooperation” to replace the one-sided giving indicated by the term “assistance.” Supporting over 2,000 projects in over 100 countries (over 20 of them are specially designated as target countries), Sida seeks to create partnerships with companies, popular movements, organisations,universities, and government agencies for its development projects.
Sida’s geographic focus is on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Sida seeks to contribute to projects that the partner countries have identified as important. It provides funding, skills, and other resources to accomplish this goal. The primary opportunities for cooperation with Sida are the following:
1.NGOs: Most of Sida’s funding is channeled through Swedish NGOs.
Sida is currently working in cooperation with over 300 of them.
2.Multilateral Cooperation: Approximately 1/3 of Swedish development funds is given to international organisations including the UN, the World Bank, and several regional development banks.
These funds are available either through partnerships with the countries themselves or through the international body. Some funds are also donated to the EU.
3.Grant and Credit Aid: This type of funding goes directly to partners in the developing country requesting the funds.
4.Contract-Financed Development Cooperation: Sida arranges for the creation of a partnership between a Swedish organization with technical skills and a developing country at that country’s request.
Sida finances and oversees the project.
5.International Training Programmes: Swedish companies,universities, and government agencies arrange training programmes with partner countries for the exchange of knowledge, experience and skills. These take place in Sweden and are evaluated three years after their conclusion.
6.Research Cooperation: Swedish researchers are given Sida grants for work in development through one of the following programmes:
programmes for bilateral research cooperation with developing countries (1/3 of funds), regional programmes (1/3 of funds),international research programmes including those of the WHO and CGIAR are funded (1/4 of funds), research work on developing countries conducted in Sweden (1/10 of funds).
7.Consultant Trust Fund Programme: 10 consultant funds with regional or global operations are funding through international development banks and organisations.
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