Sida supports the organisation GenderDoc that conducts advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Moldova.
Photo: Nicolae Cushchevici
Regional cooperation in Europe
Our support to cooperation countries in Europe is channelled through a separate allocation: reform cooperation with Eastern Europe. The objectives for the reform cooperation are strengthened democracies, fair and sustainable development as well as getting closer to the EU and its fundamental values.
In 2014, a new comprehensive regional cooperation strategy will replace the bilateral cooperation strategies for Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia. These new strategies will act as a support for the EU integration process, which is a key driver and an important tool to democratize and modernize the countries and make them more market economy oriented.
The Eastern Partnership is also an important starting point for reform cooperation in Eastern Europe. In the Western Balkans, the efforts are pursued within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
Economic progress creates democratic prospects
Developments over the last 15 years have led to a reduction in poverty in Eastern Europe. This progress signifies an adjustment to our cooperation from rebuilding to reform work.
Nine countries are in focus for our reform work in this region; Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. Sweden has built trust here that gives our efforts added value. There is hard work ahead, but our efforts are bringing results.
With an imminent climate change threat and a global economy, cross-border cooperation will be even more important in the future. Therefore, it is also important to initiate cooperation between the authorities in Sweden and sister agencies in the cooperation countries to modernize administrations in a democratic direction. Swedish support to civil society is also significant.
In 2012, the number of interventions in Eastern Europe will decline slightly, in line with Sida's goal to concentrate its efforts while increasing their volume and duration.
Examples of successful initiatives in the region:
- In Kosovo and Macedonia, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has been promoting the growth of women’s movements.
- In Ukraine, we have contributed to strengthening institutions in the fight against human trafficking.
- In Serbia, we have contributed to laws being passed on gender equality and discrimination.