Traditionell båt i Dhakas hamn.

Bangladesh is one of many countries where millions of people have managed to improve their lifes, thanks to the help of efforts by multilateral organizations.

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Global development interventions

Published: 1 November 2012 Updated: 29 June 2014

In addition to working directly with various countries through bilateral development cooperation, Sweden also supports organisations that contribute to poverty reduction on a global basis. This may involve efforts for democracy and human rights, social development and gender equality, trade and market development and interventions for environment and climate change.

Supporting multilateral organisations and the international civil society is essential in order to influence the work towards an effective poverty reduction and gain influence in the international debate. The goal set for global development interventions supported by Sweden is to have an impact on Swedish government's priorities for a long-term and sustainable poverty reduction in the world.

There are various international organisations that Sweden supports in the context of global development. We support the main and most influential organisations within the prioritised areas, as well as organisations that are proactive and contribute to bringing out new knowledge. Sweden also supports global organisations and funds that channel aid to different countries.

There are six designated and prioritised thematic areas that the global development interventions funded by Sweden built upon:
1. Democratic development and human rights
2. Environment and climate change
3. Gender equality and women's role in development
4. Economic growth
5. Social development and safety
6. Peace and security

Democratic development and human rights

Sweden supports global interventions to promote democratic development and human rights - for example, protecting children from violence and abuse, strengthening people's ability to realise their rights and create well-functioning democratic processes. Sweden also supports networks and organisations working for freedom of expression. Sweden cooperates with e.g. UNICEF, OHCHR  (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), INTOSAI Development Initiative  (International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions) and IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange).

Learn more about our efforts for democracy and human rights  through global interventions as well as in cooperation with countries or regions.

Environment and climate

Global interventions in the field of environment and climate change involve development of sustainable sanitation in developing countries, fair and sustainable use of natural resources, improving legal and policy frameworks for environment and climate issues. Sweden cooperates with actors like the IUCN  (the International Union for Conservation of Nature), SEI  (Stockholm Environment Institute) and IIED  (International Institute for Environment and Development).

Learn more about our work for sustainable development  through global interventions as well as in cooperation with countries or regions.

Gender equality and women's role

Sweden supports the work towards gender equality and women's role in development at a global level through a variety of interventions. For example, Sweden supports efforts to stop sexual violence used in war and conflicts, efforts to improve women's working conditions in the informal sector as well as efforts to support organisations that advocate the rights of women and that try to change men’s norms and attitudes. Sweden cooperates with e.g. Menengage, WIEGO  (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) and AWID  (Association for Women's Rights in Development).

Read more about our work for gender equality  through global interventions as well as in cooperation with countries or regions.

Economic growth

Creating conditions for growth and well-functioning trading systems are key in fighting poverty in developing countries. Interventions within this field include private sector development in developing countries, developing new strategies for trade and strengthening the companies’ international competitiveness. Sweden cooperates with e.g. the ILO  (International Labour Organization), ITC  (International Trade Centre) and the World Bank.

Learn more about our collective efforts for economic development  through global interventions as well as in cooperation with countries or regions.

Health, education and HIV and AIDS

Health and education are important factors that enable people to take responsibility for their own development and their role as citizens. In the health sector, Sweden supports actors such as the WHO  (World Health Organization), which works with health issues worldwide. We also cooperate with the IPPF  (International Planned Parenthood Federation) providing health services in 152 countries within the field of SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights). UNFPA  (United Nations Population Fund) and ICM  (International Confederation of Midwifes) receive support to strengthen the midwives' role in the world's 60 poorest countries. Funding is also provided to Ipas, an organisation that trains nurses in performing safe abortions as well as works to improve legislation on abortion in countries where it is not allowed. The International HIV / AIDS Alliance  receives funding to work with prevention of HIV transmission in more than 30 countries. Within the field of education, we are contributing to the Fast Track Initiative  and their work to support countries’ education plans, in order to give more girls and boys the opportunity to go to school.

Learn more about our overall work on knowledge, health and social development  through global interventions as well as in cooperation with countries or regions.

Peace and security

Sweden supports global interventions to promote peace and security in developing countries. Efforts in this field include building national capacities for conflict management, creating conditions for justice processes in post-conflict countries, working to reduce harm and risks related to demining, preventing the spread of weapons and armed violence as well as protecting children in countries with high levels of violence or conflict. Sweden cooperates with e.g. UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery Overview, UNICEF, (working for children's rights), World Bank, as well as with different NGOs such as  International Alert,  Geneva Call  and the International Centre for Transitional Justice.

Learn more about our collective work for human security through global interventions as well as in cooperation with countries or regions. 


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