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Sida officials reject aid minister's criticism

TT/Charlotte West · 22 Dec 2009, 08:39

Published: 22 Dec 2009 08:39 GMT+01:00

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The officials are concerned about the image portrayed by the Carlsson in the media in regards to Swedish development aid and Sida's various programmes and activities.

“It is not based upon the actual results achieved through development aid. It doesn't highlight the complex reality that development aid is intended to address,” the officials said, according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

On several occasions, Carlsson has expressed criticism over how Sida has managed Swedish development cooperation. She has also stated that the agency must become more transparent about its results, reports SvD.

In August, Carlsson called for an open debate over the role of development aid in the aftermath of a corruption scandal in Zambia.

"Could it be that the development aid is not a part of a possible solution, but in fact part of the problem?" Carlsson asked at the time.

Earlier this month, TT news agency reported that Sida will be audited after exceeding its 2009 budget. The agency’s overspending was not in the area of development assistance, but rather increased costs of property and personnel in the field, partly due to the stronger US dollar against the Swedish krona.

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In September, Sida discovered that it was at risk of exceeding its 2009 administrative budget of 900 million kronor ($129 million) by 10 percent.

TT/Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:36 December 22, 2009 by Mo
seems to me that aid is like advertising

"Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half." John Wanamaker

i.e. not everything that you do is going to suceed but that doesn't mean you should scrap the entire assistance project.
13:27 December 22, 2009 by Markus D
Gunilla Carlsson is absolutely right to bring SIDA to accountability and some transparency. To a lot of Swedes, SIDA has been a left-wing socialist aid-spender with rather questionable benefactors. I fully support the government´s efforts to sort it out.
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