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Sweden: Controversial aid makeover

Sweden's international development assistance minister Gunilla Carlsson has announced a major overhaul of how the sizeable foreign aid budget is spent.

Wants clearer results

The conservative minister wants clearer results and to draw up contracts with developing countries laying out the kind of things the money can be spent on.

The proposal has caused debate among several aid organizations and popular movements, among them Diakonia.

Local ownership is crucial

One of Diakonia's points of view is that the receiving countries must be the ones who decide how the aid should be used. A local ownership is crucial for a high quality in the development cooperation.

Also, several other politicians, including government coalition party members, have stated that they want a transparent and participative debate about the new platform, and also that they consider it being self-evident that such a platform must be decided upon by the Parliament as a whole.