The goal for Swedish development aid is to amount to one percent of gross national income (GNI). What can be counted as development aid and how it is designed to be effective is governed by international commitments. Nevertheless, aid policies are often governed by the economic and political interests of donor countries. Sweden and other donor countries have a responsibility to live up to their commitments to contribute to poverty reduction through effective development assistance in which partner countries have ownership.
Forum Syd works for an ambitious development policy and to ensure the quantity and quality of development aid. This is about working for Swedish and international assistance to be based on a rights-based perspective and on the needs of people living in poverty. It is also about working to ensure that commitments for aid and development effectiveness are met. Forum Syd advocates for the Swedish government to reach the one percent target and to stop deductions from the aid budget – aid should not cover the costs of refugee reception in Sweden.
Major progress has been made to reduce poverty in the world. Nevertheless, major inequalities remain. Which is one of the main obstacles in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the goal of eradicating extreme poverty will not be achieved without a significant reduction in inequality. Thus, Forum Syd advocates for Swedish aid policies to have reduced inequalities at their centre.