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about us

How we are governed

Updated: 11 January 2018

Sida is a public agency under the jurisdiction of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Swedish government manages our operations and we perform the assignments we receive to achieve the targets of Sweden's development assistance policy.

Sweden has a policy framework for Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian assistance that sets out the direction of Swedish aid. The policy framework is a central document in Sweden's aid policy and forms the point of departure for the Government's management of Swedish aid.

The government’s guidelines describe in brief how Sida should perform its work.

The guidelines also describe how Sida should assist the government, which organisations the agency should co-operate with and how it should organise its work in partner countries.

The strategies guide Sida's work in specific countries, regions and fields of work. They are proposed by Sida to the government, which then decides upon them.

The government’s annual letter of appropriation 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.

Sweden’s development aid budget is 1 per cent of BNI. About half of this is allocated to Sida. The remainder principally goes through the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Follow-up and results

Each year, Sida submits an annual report to the government, with information about costs, revenues and results. The government carries out follow-up work and evaluates the agency’s operations based on this annual report.

Sida submits a results supplement to the government together with the annual report. This supplement contains several examples of how Swedish development aid has contributed towards reducing poverty.

The annual report and government agency budget information form the basis for the government budget for the coming year and the government’s letter of appropriation.


The Swedish National Audit Office examine Sida’s operations. The results help Sida improve its operations and become even better at achieving results.

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