Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1965.
In 2011, Swedish net official development assistance stood at USD 5.61 billion. The budget for Swedish ODA is linked to the country’s gross national income (GNI) and has, therefore, fluctuated in recent years. The 2011 ODA level is an increase of 10.5% in real terms over 2010 levels, well above the average annual growth rate of 1% that Swedish ODA recorded during the 2006-10 period.
Every year since 2006, Sweden has allocated more than 0.9% of GNI to ODA. The ODA to GNI ratio in 2011 was 1.02%.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2012 (DCR)
Sweden spent USD 4.73 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2008. This amounted to 0.98% of its gross national income (GNI) and made Sweden the most generous of all DAC donor countries as a proportion of its national income. This is particularly laudable in a time of global recession. Its 2009 EU presidency offers an important opportunity to shore up support within the international community for development co-operation. The international community looks to Sweden to take the lead on follow-up to the report of the Commission on Climate Change and Development.
The evaluation of Sweden’s support system for conflict sensitivity in Liberia found that by significantly increasing Swedish aid volumes and diversifying its portfolio, Sweden has carved out a strong role for itself in Liberia. The scaled-up Swedish commitments in Liberia, however, pose multiple challenges to Swedish development cooperation and its capacity to respond effectively.