Minister of International Development Cooperation visit Diakonia
On Wednesday Isabella Lövin visited Diakonia's headquarters in Alvik to learn more about our work. "We are experiencing a new attitude from the sitting government and an interest how we work to make a change," said Diakonia's Secretary General Bo Forsberg after the meeting.
- For me it is important to hear how Diakonia and our other organizations, view their work and that we can have a dialogue about the challenges that they see. I'm impressed that Diakonia work with so many countries and partner organizations, says Minister of International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin, just after the meeting with Diakonia's Secretary General Bo Forsberg and several representatives from Diakonia.
In a few hours Diakonia got the chance to explain and present our and our partner organizations work around the world.
- It is always important to have a direct dialogue with the responsible Minister and that they actually come here and visit us. We appreciate the current minister's intentions and openness to continue to have a dialogue, says Bo Forsberg.
In addition to the projects and partner organizations that were discussed during the meeting, it was also an opportunity to discuss the challenges and problems that Diakonia see in aid development in Sweden, such as the work of Policy for Global Development (PGD), Agenda 2030 and tax evasion.
- We experience a new attitude from this government and an openness to our work with making change. But it is also clear that the Minister does not have the entire government with her in all matters. And for the policy to have effect, for example when it comes PGD, it requires a consensus of all ministries.
During Wednesday the Swedish government officiell line on foreign policy, the so-called Statement of Foreign Policy, was also presented. In general a good declaration but it was also missing several key areas, such as tax evasion.
- Tax evasion is a Government priority because we believe it is important to promote the countries' own resource mobilization by for example strengthening the tax authorities. How we will work with tax evasion will come in PGU-letter later this spring, says Isabella Lövin.