SWEDISH HUMANITARIANISM EXPANDS NGO AID
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Good news for global citizens: Sweden is expanding its funding of NGO operations across the globe. This is in far contrast to the USA which has constricted funding for aid, funding that includes NGO partners across the globe as conduits for the same.
A short list of international NGO partners that serve as block fund recipients is shown in the news below. The likes of Oxfam and Save the Children are very actively engaged in Asia inclusive of my beloved Philippines which, thanks partly to the aid interventions of the North, is now a middle-income country and creditor economy.
Development stakeholders and civic professionals who may wish to enter social development as a new field of expertise are advised to co-partner with Swedish NGO partners.
[Philippines, 08 March 2012]
Sweden unveils 2012 aid budget for NGOs
Sweden has allocated more than 1.6 billion Swedish kronor ($243.8 million) to support the humanitarian and development projects led by local civil society organizations such as Save the Children and the umbrella group Forum Syd.
This year’s allocation includes 1.5 billion Swedish kronor for programs of Swedish nongovernmental organizations in development countries, 68 million Swedish kronor to raise awareness of Swedish aid and development initiatives, and some 26 million Swedish kronor to support reforms in Eastern Europe.
Aside from Save the Children and Forum Syd, the budget will be shared by SCC, Diakonia, Swedish Church, the Swedish Mission Council, Plan Sweden, PMU Inter Life, LO/TCO, Naturskyddsföreningen, SHIA, Afrikagrupperna, WWF Sweden, Oxfam, RFSU, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, HIV/AIDS Alliance and Ibis.
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