Based on the Lancet report’s optimistic message a bout the ‘grand convergence’, the Swedish Expert Group for Aid Studies invited a group from the Lancet team to study the Swedish development assistance to health. The idea was to have a closer look at what Sweden currently does in the field of development assistance to health, what Sweden is good at and what Sweden could focus on over the next decade.
The analysis, a “policy options” paper, is intended to stimulate discussion and debate, rather than to be a prescriptive document for what Sweden should do or not. The analysis has 7 key messages:
- Classifying development assistance for health by its functions helps to articulate the roles of health aid in the post-2015 era;
- Swedish bilateral development assistance for health and multilateral development assistance for health mostly target local functions;
- Economic growth means some countries may graduate from Swedish development assistance for health by 2035;
- There are likely to be five key global health challenges for the period 2015-2035;
- Sweden can play a key role in tackling these challenges, given its impacts and strengths in global health;
- Significant additional Swedish development assistance for health is likely to be available from 2015 to 2035;
- Investing this additional Swedish development assistance for health in specific global, local and “glocal” functions could help reach the Global Health 2035 goals.
Download the report Sweden’s Development Assistance for Health – Policy Options to Support the Global Health 2035 Goals at Sida’s website.