Swedish International Development Agency
India has been a recipient of Swedish bilateral development assistance since 1964 although Sweden joined the Aid India Consortium as a full member only in 1969. The Swedish bilateral development assistance is channeled through the Swedish International Development Agency SIDA). The broad priority areas of Swedish bilateral development assistance are:-
Ø Poverty oriented projects in the primary health sector with special emphasis on reproductive health and rights of girls and women;
Ø Environment and urban development with focus on water and sanitation and waste management, air and noise pollution;
Ø Mutual exchange and research cooperation in the field of knowledge and technology;
Ø Assistance through UN Agencies/NGOs in health, water and sanitation programs
The terms of Swedish bilateral development assistance have become progressively softer over the years. In addition to grant assistance, Swedish Government has extended soft loans for large power sector projects in the past. After 1976, Swedish bilateral development assistance has been in the form of grants and is available for mutually agreed projects. In accordance with the latest policy on bilateral development cooperation enunciated by India in February 2003, India shall not receive bilateral development assistance from Sweden.