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Sida's work in Ukraine

Sida's long-term work in Ukraine has shifted to focus on rebuilding infrastructure destroyed in the war and on the recovery of the economy. Through extensive humanitarian efforts, Sida is providing support to people affected by the war. We continue to preserve the reforms that have been made.

Challenges remain

Russia’s invasion

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is having a huge impact on the population and development of the country. Attacks on infrastructure and civilian targets are causing millions of people to lose access to water, health, education and heating. Humanitarian needs are huge and will increase.

Poverty is on the rise

War leads to increased poverty. The longer-term consequences are both social and economic, hitting already vulnerable groups hard: IDPs, the elderly, LGBTQI people, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, rural people, youth and children. Women are more affected.

Widespread corruption

Corruption permeates society, including the education system, the judicial system and law enforcement. Ukraine is ranked 116 out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Index.1

Examples of what Sida has contributed to 2022

10.6 million have access to clean water

Through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Sida has helped restore water supplies to 10.6 million people through the repair of water facilities destroyed by the Russian army.

Health care for children and women

Nearly 5 million children and women have received health care, partly through mobile clinics run by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Administrative services and support to internally displaced persons

Municipalities that were occupied and had their service offices destroyed and looted have been helped to resume operations to provide people with essential administrative services.

Strengthening independent media

Sida has supported independent media and countered disinformation during the war, for example through a cooperation between Swedish Radio (SR) and Ukraine’s national public service (Suspilne) and through the media organisation Detektor Media.

Two types of aid in Ukraine

In Ukraine, Sida conducts development cooperation that contributes to the country’s long term development. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations. The humanitarian assistance to Ukraine has multiplied since Russia’s invasion on 24 February 2022.

Updated: February 22, 2023