today's Pick
Sweden announces sh510b support to Uganda
Publish Date: Jul 29, 2014
Sweden announces sh510b support to Uganda
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Francis Kagolo

The Swedish government has earmarked about sh514b ($200m) to improve child and maternal health over the coming five years.


This is contained in Sweden’s new development cooperation strategy for 2014-2018 announced over the weekend.

The aid package seeks to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as promote sustainable growth and employment. Sweden also wants to use the aid to strengthen respect for human rights.

 “Swedish development cooperation with Uganda will change. The focus will continue to be on reducing poverty, reducing infant mortality and improving maternal health,” reads a statement from the Swedish embassy in Kampala.

“But by broadening our cooperation, especially with civil society and the private sector, the prospects for making a difference in meeting the most crucial challenges in Uganda are increased.”

The new allocation bolsters Sweden’s position as one of Uganda’s key development partners. In 2013, the total amount of Swedish aid to Uganda was £21m (about sh75.1b).

In March, Sweden was among the donor countries that had announced aid cuts to Uganda after the signing of the controversial anti-homosexuality law in February.

Swedish minister for international development, Hillevi Engström, at the time, said they had chosen to suspend $1m budget support directly to Uganda with the exception of research cooperation.

Sweden was the fourth donor to cut aid following the World Bank, Norway and Denmark.

The new areas of cooperation, according to the statement, will include innovation, employment issues and strengthened collaboration with the business sector and the research community.

"Sweden wants to help create better conditions in Uganda for sustainable economic growth and development. This is why Swedish aid to Uganda will remain substantial. Sweden continues to support human rights and freedom from violence,” the statement quoted Hillevi as saying.

RELATED ARTICLES

Sweden offers hundreds of postgraduate scholarships to Ugandans

Sweden provides $5m to boost Uganda's exports

Sweden reaffirms support to EAC integration process
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Katosi road: IGG rejects AG representation
The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has asked court to allow the inspectorate defend itself in a case where a Chinese company sued the Government over the sh165b Mukono-Katosi road deal....
Exploding excrement topples building in China
A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building....
Denmark is world
Denmark has overtaken South Korea as the world''s top country for cellphone and Internet use, a new study says....
Maid who tortured baby faces attempted murder
A maid who tortured a baby in Kampala in a disturbing video that went viral faces charges of attempted murder....
US police kill boy holding fake gun
Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was in a playground waving around what turned out to be a replica gun....
Global warming
Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, warns the World Bank....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter