Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through its work and in cooperation with others, Sida contributes to implementing Sweden’s Policy for Global Development (PGU).

Sida works in order to implement the Swedish development policy that will enable poor people to improve their lives. Another part of its mission is conducting reform cooperation with Eastern Europe, which is financed through a specific appropriation. The third part of Sida’s assignment is to distribute humanitarian aid to people in need of assistance.

Sida carries out enhanced development cooperation with a total of 33 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The selection of cooperation countries is based on political decisions made by the Swedish government.

Sida’s mission is to allocate aid and other funding. Its operations are managed by the government’s guidelines, describing the goals for each year’s operations and the size of the development aid budget.

Sida’s staff members and their expertise assist the government with the assessments and the information it needs, in order to decide and implement its development assistance policy. Sida participates in the advocacy work for Sweden’s prioritised issues within the international development cooperation field, and is in constant dialogue with other countries and international organisations. Part of Sida’s assignment is also to report statistics and disseminate information about our operations.

Sida’s work is financed by tax money and it administers approximately half of Sweden’s total development aid budget. The other part is channelled through the ministry for Foreign Affairs. All of
Sida’s work should be performed in a cost-effective way with a strong focus on results.

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