Regional cooperation programme for the Middle East and North Africa
The Swedish development cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa region aims to contribute to strengthened democracy, increased respect for human rights and sustainable development.
In the winter of 2015-16, the Swedish government adopted a revised cooperation strategy for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that will be implemented during 2016-2020.
Swedish support to the region shall, according to the strategy, be concentrated to three areas of cooperation:
1. Strengthened democracy and gender equality, and greater respect for human rights
2. Environmental improvement, reduced climate impact and increased resilience to environmental impacts, climate change and natural disasters (with a focus on transboundary water resources)
3. Improved opportunities for regional economic development as a prerequisite for enabling poor people to improve their living conditions
The MENA strategy will be implemented between 2016 and 2020 and will comprise a total of 216 MUSD.
Sweden also supports bilateral development cooperation with Palestine and Iraq.
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