2023 Climate and Environment Mapping

Swedish Climate Aid: What Does the Data Tell Us?

Otto Williams

Climate change is a defining challenge of our era, and the world’s nations, through the Paris Agreement, have pledged to tackle it through both emissions’ mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Sweden has emphasised development cooperation as a key instrument to aid developing countries in their climate change responses. Successive Swedish administrations have prioritized aid directed towards climate change mitigation and adaptation. As of May 2023, the Swedish government adopted a new strategy for climate, environment, and bio-diversity, allocating a budget of SEK 8 billion through 2026.

In this working paper, Otto Williams presents an analysis of Swedish climate aid, utilizing data reported to the OECD and Openaid. The report offers an initial insight into Swedish climate aid – including funding channels, sectors involved, primary recipients, and Sweden’s partnerships in this domain. Notably, it reveals details about the financial aid for mitigation and adaptation initiatives, as well as their geographical and sector-wise distribution. Additionally, the paper contains case studies of Swedish climate aid portfolios in Zimbabwe and Bosnia and Herzegovina, helping us to understand the specifics of interventions supported by Sweden.