Adjustments in Sweden’s official development assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the implementation of international development cooperation. Adjustments have been necessary as a response to both the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic. Many ongoing interventions have not been possible to implement, and at the same time, new needs have emerged because of the pandemic. The Swedish strategy in the international COVID-19 response has mainly been to contribute with flexible support to enable actors, such as the UN funds and programmes, the humanitarian system, and the development banks to respond to the needs.

This study was initiated to get an overview of what these adjustments have been and what can be learned from the implementation.

The study aims to provide a detailed mapping of the adjustments in the Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to analyse how these adjustments and the re-programming have been managed administratively and operationally. Finally, the study intends to identify lessons learned for future crises.

Authors: Carsten Schwensen, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Expert, Nordic Consulting Group, Jonas Lövkrona, Managing Director and Senior Consultant at SouthBridge Development Consulting, Louise Scheibel Smed, Evaluation, Human Rights and Gender Equality Consultant

Reference group chair: Joakim Molander

Project manager at EBA: Lisa Hjelm