Government adopts new strategy for development cooperation with Democratic Republic of Congo

Report
from Government of Sweden
Published on 23 Apr 2009
"Through the new strategy we will increase action to strengthen women's rights and to prevent, manage and combat the widespread sexual violence. It will also be a 'pilot strategy' for our work in post-conflict countries on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is very serious with major humanitarian distress resulting from the conflicts that have characterised the DRC and that are still under way in the eastern part of the country. Grave violations of human rights, widespread poverty that hit women and children particularly hard and grave and extensive sexual violence are part of everyday life in this ravaged country. The objective of Sweden's development cooperation with the DRC will therefore be to enhance the prospects for sustainable peace and better living conditions for poor people," Ms Carlsson continues.

The Government has adopted a new strategy for Swedish development cooperation with the DRC for the period 2009-2012. Important starting points for this development cooperation are the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, increased gender equality, the equal rights of women and the importance of women's influence in politics, security and development.

Swedish development cooperation will take place in the following sectors: peace, reconciliation and democratic governance; pro-poor economic development in agriculture and forestry; and heath, focusing on preventing, managing and combating sexual violence and promoting sexual and reproductive rights and health.

Needs in the DRC are substantial and Sweden will therefore considerably increase the volume of its aid to the country during the strategy period. The bulk of Swedish aid will be channelled through the UN, international organisations and NGOs. A gradual increase in the volume of Swedish development cooperation is foreseen during the strategy period. The annual volume will be approx. SEK 150 million in 2009, approx SEK. 225 million in 2010 and approx. SEK 275 million in 2011 and 2012. Since humanitarian needs are expected to remain considerable during the strategy period, there will also be preparedness for continued humanitarian assistance.

Contact:

Peter Larsson
Press Secretary to Gunilla Carlsson
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