OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Sweden 2019
The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the
individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes
of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC
peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development
co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated,
system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance
activities of the member under review.
This review commends Sweden for its consistently generous levels of official development
assistance and its global development leadership on peace and conflict prevention,
environmental sustainability and gender equality. It also welcomes Sweden’s strong
focus on and comprehensive toolbox for leaving no one behind. The review suggests
that Sweden could benefit from consolidating its development co-operation policy framework
and further enhancing the connections between its country, regional and thematic co-operation
A good practice excerpt from the peer review: Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy has created an effective platform to address gender equality globally
In October 2014, Sweden became the first country in the world to launch a Feminist Foreign Policy. This policy represents a shift towards a more systemic approach to addressing inequality, and focuses on enhancing the rights, representation and resources of women and girls globally. It also enables Sweden to use all its foreign policy tools to address gender equality. On security, for example, Sweden has used its non-permanent membership of the United Nations (UN) Security Council to advance women’s participation in peace efforts and conflict prevention, creating a Swedish Women’s Mediation Network that is actively working in Afghanistan, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Zimbabwe. In trade, Sweden has worked hard to improve the gender focus of European Union (EU) trade agreements. The EU’s free trade agreement with Chile has an entire chapter on gender equality for the first time, thanks in part to Sweden. Mobilisation and achieving normative change are integral parts of Sweden’s strategic approach.