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Aid effectiveness prospects in Swedish agencies’ development aid

Sida (the Swedish International Development Agency) and Swedish expert agencies have created conditions for effective support to government administrations in other countries. However, there is room for improvement regarding partners’ ownership and coordination between Swedish public agencies.

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audit background

Swedish public agencies play an important part in implementing Sweden’s international development cooperation. By sharing their knowledge and experience of central government activities, Swedish public sector actors are to help strengthen the institutional capacity of partner countries’ central government administration. Audits and evaluations have shown shortcomings in this area. Therefore, the Riksdag and Government have implemented a number of changes and clarifications in the regulations governing inter-agency cooperation in recent years. The purpose of this report is to audit the inter-agency cooperation funded by Sida. The Swedish NAO addresses issues concerning the framework for aid effectiveness in terms of ownership and donor coordination, as well as compliance with regard to pricing and selection of expert agencies as implementers of development cooperation. The audit includes Swedish inter-agency cooperation in three countries: Georgia, Kenya and Serbia, in the period 2013–2015. The Swedish NAO’s criteria for assessment are based on regulations and policy documents approved by the Riksdag and Government.

The audit shows that Sida and the Swedish expert agencies have created relatively good prerequisites for aid effectiveness, as well as that compliance in general is good in the audited contributions. However, there are aspects of Swedish inter-agency cooperation that could be improved.

Press contact: Olle Castelius, phone: +46 8-5171 40 04.

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Updated: 24 April 2018

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