Appropriation directions from the Swedish government.
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Sida receives annual appropriation directions from the government. They direct the operations of Sida during the year, set goals and budget, and break down the budget between different activities. They also indicate the reporting requirements, as well as special tasks.
The annual appropriation directions from the government include the objectives that Sida should reach through its operations. The tasks of Sida are indicated in the government guidelines. The appropriation directions also indicate how much money Sida has at its disposal and how the money should be divided between our various tasks. The appropriation directions also indicate how Sida should report on its operations.
Our reporting for 2014 included Sida's work to develop innovative financing, as well as proposals on how to further increase gender mainstreaming in the development cooperation. In January 2015 we reported on increased transparency and openaid.se. In March 2015 we reported on how Sida can promote increased investments from institutional investors in sub-Saharan Africa, including a particular focus on how the proposals promote sustainable development and the environment.
Appropriation directions for 2015
In the appropriation directions for 2015 Sida is tasked with resuming development cooperation with Bolivia and Burkina Faso. Until the government decides on a new strategy, the cooperation will be guided by the previous cooperation strategies.
Cooperation strategies for the development cooperation with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Colombia, Kenya, Mali, Zimbabwe and the regional work with HIV/AIDS, SRHR and LGBT human rights in sub-Saharan Africa, and for the regional development cooperation with Asia with a focus on Southeast Asia, are extended until December 31, 2015 or until the government decides on new strategies.
Sida should give special priority to the preparations for the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We should also assist with the preparations for the Third Conference on Financing for Development, which will be held in 2015. We are continuously tasked with developing analysis and assessment of results from our support, developing our work with evaluations and lessons learned, as well as quality assurance of statistics and reporting to the OECD/DAC. We should also investigate the conditions for transferring election observation activities to the Folke Bernadotte Academy and contribute to the interaction between development cooperation and other policy areas.
Other areas highlighted in the directions include gender mainstreaming, mainstreaming the environment and climate change perspective, reporting on biodiversity and ecosystem services, structural causes of poverty and inequality, and conditions for a fair and sustainable development, as well as the development funds channelled through multilateral organizations.
Sida has two separate allocations; the main allocation is reported in expenditure area 7 in the Budget Bill for 2015, related to international development cooperation, and amounts to 27.5 billion SEK in 2015. Of this amount, 9.8 billion SEK is funding where Sida handles payments and certain follow-up but where decisions and performance monitoring is handled by the Government Offices. Approximately one billion covers Sida's administrative costs, an administrative expense of three per cent.