Development Cooperation with Indonesia

Sweden has a long history of cooperation with Indonesia and this cooperation has progressed from the traditional development aid to a partnership built on mutual interests and shared responsibility.

The bilateral development cooperation with Indonesia was phased out in 2013, in accordance with the Government’s decision in 2007 to focus its development work on a limited number of countries. This decision is based on the principles that Swedish development cooperation must be characterized by quality, effectiveness and efficiency. The ‘country focus’ approach is to be viewed as a means of translating such principles into action.

Between 2009 and 2013, the development cooperation with Indonesia was steered by Partner Driven Cooperation. During this period, a number of strong cooperation networks between Sweden and Indonesia were established in the areas of sustainable city, eco airport, energy, and private sector development.

Sweden still continues to deepen and broaden the historically close relations with Indonesia in various ways. Together, Sweden and Indonesia move forward by promoting academic exchanges, deepening trade relations, increasing political cooperation in multilateral fora and in general creating more points of contact between two countries.

Sweden will also continue to fund multilateral development cooperation active in Indonesia as well as global and thematic programmes that may be open for Indonesian participation.

The following are some examples of existing cooperation programmes Indonesian individuals or organizations may be eligible to participate or receive support. Please contact the organization responsible for the programme for more information.

Municipal Partnership programme

Municipal Partnership is a form of cooperation financed by Sida that is designed to contribute to municipal and regional operations in high-priority partnership countries in the form of result-oriented projects. The programme is managed by the ICLD, Swedish International Center for Local Democracy.

International Training Programme (ITP)

The ITPs are open to candidates from most low- and middle income countries. The aim is to support and strengthen the participants own plans for change on organizational and sectoral levels and should not be regarded as individual competence training. The programmes cover areas of strategic importance to the social, environmental and economic
development of co-operating countries and are based on identified priorities and needs.  Commissioned by Sida, the training programmes are organised by Swedish public authorities, universities, private companies and NGOs.

Calls for proposals and announcements

Sida's Calls for Proposals is a way to get in touch with different types of actors, in order to support the best ideas for projects and programmes within different kind of areas.  

Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

CDIA is an international partnership initiative, established in 2007, by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Germany, with additional core funding support from the governments of Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and the Shanghai Municipal Government. The Initiative provides assistance to medium-sized Asian cities to bridge the gap between their development plans and the implementation of their infrastructure investments.

Mangroves for the Future (MFF)

MFF is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment in coastal ecosystems for sustainable development. MFF provides a collaborative platform to help countries, sectors and agencies in the MFF region tackle the growing challenges to coastal sustainability.