Swedish Dev. Cooperation with Zimbabwe - Introduction

Sweden discontinued bilateral development cooperation with the Government of Zimbabwe in 2001 and has since then channeled support through multilateral and civil society organizations. Support from the Embassy amounts to SEK 180-200 million (USD 20-23 million) annually.


Most Swedish aid to Zimbabwe focus on promoting democratic governance, promoting and protecting human rights and on enhancing gender equality. This is encouraged through support to a vibrant civil society demanding accountability and by supporting actions that enable vulnerable groups' access to social services  

Coordinated support
Measurable impact and results, cooperation with other donors and focused contributions are the guiding principles for Sweden´s assistance. The Paris Declaration requirements for collaboration, coordination and harmonization with other donors apply, wherever possible, to all support, including the planning, implementation and development of strategies to fight corruption. Coordination in EU circles is functioning well both at political and technical level and this cooperation continues to be a priority.

Support to UN & Development Banks.
Sweden seeks to strengthen of UN institutions and multilateral development banks in Zimbabwe, since these play a key role in a number of central processes, especially in democracy and good governance, and in promoting economic recovery.

Sweden strives also for effective coordination between the EU, bilateral donors, UN bodies and the development banks.

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