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This World AIDS Day, December 1, the Government of Sweden, together with the regional offices of UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO, announces the start of a USD45 million Joint United Nations (UN) four-year Regional Programme to reduce unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), new HIV infections, maternal mortality and sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) across East and Southern Africa.
The Government today adopted a new development cooperation strategy for Uganda for 2014-2018. Sweden's total support is estimated at SEK 1.35 billion (approx. 200 MUSD).
The aim is to improve child and maternal health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, sustainable growth and employment. The Government also wants to help strengthen respect for human rights.
The purpose of Swedish development cooperation with Uganda in the period 2009-2013 is to promote equitable, sustainable global development in line with the goal of Sweden's global development policy, and contribute to the creation of opportunities for poor women and men to improve their living conditions in accordance with the stated goal of Swedish development cooperation. The Swedish Government's three thematic priorities for development cooperation will be taken into account along with the rights perspective and the perspective of poor people on development.
The Great Lakes Region - including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - has seen a continuation of a trend towards peace, nevertheless, humanitarian challanges remains.
By mid-2006, over 4 million people were estimated to remain displaced in the region. In 2006 there was approximately 700 000 people returning home, who will now face the challange of reintegrating, finding employment or other livelihood opportunities, accessing basic services, and recovering property.
The Government Offices have decided to contribute SEK 30 million to a new system for improving the international community's operations in humanitarian crises.
The system will also make it easier to initiate reconstruction efforts at an earlier stage. The leading humanitarian organisations have agreed to divide the responsibility for different types of operations among themselves.
The Government has decided that Sweden will make two long-term and four short-term observers available for the parliamentary and presidential elections in Uganda on 23 February 2006.
The election observers will be part of a joint EU mission.
"By sending election observers to Uganda, we want to help strengthen democratic development in the country," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jämtin.
The elections are the first multiparty elections to be held in Uganda since President Museveni came to power in 1986.
The decision to send election …
The Government has decided to withhold SEK 65 million in budget support to Uganda in light of the negative democratic development in the country.
Instead, SEK 25 million of the funds allocated to Uganda will be used directly for disaster relief in the war-torn northern area of the country.
"After the elections at the beginning of 2006, we will make a new evaluation of the situation in the country regarding democratic development, including the way the elections are carried out, and then decide if we can pay the remaining funds earmarked for budget support," says Carin …
Today the Government took the decision to authorise Sida to prepare budget support for ten countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mali, Mozambique, Nacaragua, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia - and to disburse previously approved budget support to Malawi. The decision was made under the guidelines for cooperation strategies recently adopted by the Government, which entail giving Sida responsibility for handling Swedish budget support to poor countries.
"This budget support will give the recipient countries a better chance to control their own development.
The Government took a decision today to adopt a strategy for Swedish development cooperation with Uganda for the years 2001-2005. The strategy is directed primarily at combating poverty, support to democratic social development as well as support to economic reform policy and social sectors like health and water.