2022 Organisation and Management of Aid Analysis

A Team Player and Free Agent: Sweden’s Engagement with EU Country and Joint Programming

Erik Lundsgaarde

This study explores the relationship between Sweden and the EU in the area of development cooperation. It focuses on programming at the partner country level, where the majority of development cooperation is programmed and implemented. The country level is thus a key arena for coordination, collaboration and cooperation between the EU and the Member States. This study analyses Sweden’s engagement in EU country programmes and joint programming against the backdrop of increased efforts to prioritize collaboration among the EU and Member States.

In this report the author, Erik Lundsgaarde, describes Swedish efforts to engage in EU country processes in five case countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, Georgia, Mali and Uganda. The cases illustrate that there is a potential to increase and develop these links, to improve coordination and to promote Swedish policy priorities.