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Sweden Allocates SEK 800 million to Combat Humanitarian Crises in Africa

January 29, 2018

Sweden has announced its investment of over SEK 800 million to the 'Strategy for Sweden'’s regional development cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Strategy of Sweden focuses on the link between humanitarian assistance and long-term development, particularly in the Horn of Africa countries.

The Government of Sweden considers its potential of  contributing to increased resilience to crises and disasters, conflict prevention, and conflict management regionally.

Minister for International Development Cooperation, Isabella Lövin, says, "We know that strong resilience to climate change and natural disasters saves lives. Sweden wants to contribute to long-term sustainable solutions to combat famine and other humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa. By providing additional funds, Sweden can help to increase food and water security, improve the productivity of small-scale farmers, increase the use of renewable energy and counter deforestation."

Following the decision, the total allocation for the Strategy for Sweden's regional development cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa amounts to SEK 3 500 million, with SEK 3 470 million allocated for Sida activities and SEK 30 million for Folke Bernadotte Academy activities.

The decision is part of Sweden's focus on strengthening engagement in the Horn of Africa countries aimed at countering recurrent humanitarian crises. Sweden has previously decided on a new strategy for Sudan and is now working on new strategies for Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

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