Sida provides two kinds of support:
- support for civil society in partner countries; and
- support for communication by CSOs within Sweden
Based on Sweden’s Policy on civil society development Sida bases its support on three key areas:
- economic development
- democracy and human rights
- conflict management, peace and security
In addition, all support provided by Sida will need to have a rights and poverty perspective. The development of civil society helps create conditions that enable the poor to improve their living conditions. This means that Sida’s support will be focused on the needs of the poor, and priority will be given to efforts directed towards building their ability to organise themselves.
Therefore, the rights and poverty perspectives as well as the three key areas need to be taken into consideration in any development activity that receives funding from Sida.