The difference between humanitarian aid and development cooperation

Humanitarian aid aims to save lives, alleviate suffering and establish the dignity of people affected by different disasters. The plans for major support interventions are done one year at a time, but when there is a sudden disaster aid payments can be released within 24 hours.

Development cooperation is focused on supporting long-term poverty alleviation and democratic processes. The interventions are based on multiannual strategies decided by the Swedish government.