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Sweden spent 0.96% of its gross national income (GNI) on net official development assistance (ODA) in 2019. Sweden’s 2016 Aid Policy Framework is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has eight areas of focus: 1) human rights, democracy, and the rule of law; 2) gender equality; 3) the environment and climate change, and the sustainable use of natural resources; 4) peace and security; 5) inclusive economic development; 6) migration and development; 7) health equity; and 8) education and research. Sweden has a strong track record in gender equality. It was the first country to implement a Feminist Foreign Policy in 2014, and has a strategy for sexual and reproductive health rights in sub-Saharan Africa.


Global mental health support

Sweden has a high level of interest in global mental health and is a top bilateral provider of development assistance to mental health (DAMH). The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has in the past provided support to the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, which runs psychiatric clinics, and  has funded the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) in South Africa (along with Switzerland). 

Sweden is also a member of the MHPSS donor group.


Strategy for global mental health

There is no strategy for global mental health and no mention of mental health or non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Sweden’s foreign aid strategies.

Domestic mental health

Sweden has a domestic mental health strategy, and the Public Health Agency of Sweden is charged with mental health promotion nationally. 

For further information see OECD Mental Health Analysis Profiles (MhAPs) for Sweden and WHO Mental Health Atlas 2017 Country Profile. Further resources can be found in WHO MiNDbank.

Key stakeholders

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) oversees development policy and financing

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) operates within the MFA, and is responsible for implementation 

Department for International Development Cooperation (within the MFA) is responsible for the evaluation of development coordination, and coordinates relevant strategies 

The Global Agenda Department coordinates the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the feminist foreign policy.

Key decision makers

Prime Minister: Stefan Löfvén 

Minister for Foreign Affairs: Ann Linde 

Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate: Peter Ericsson 

Sida's Lead Policy Specialist for Health and SRHR: Pia Engstrand

Financing global mental health

According to IHME data, from 2007-2019 Sweden contributed US $20.1 million in development assistance to health (DAMH). This figure is only representative of government resources.


Global health overview

In 2016 Sweden spent US$517 million on global health (10% of ODA) with strong support given to multilaterals as 79% of its health ODA went to or was channelled through multilateral organisations. 

Sweden has made pledges and contributions to the following to global initiatives:

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