Poverty is more than a lack of financial resources. It is also a lack of human rights or people's possibilities to influence their own lives. Progress has been made in reducing poverty in the world, but at the same time we are seeing growing inequalities.
International aid is the only resource that has poverty reduction and to prevent human suffering as its purpose. International aid is therefore playing a unique role in reaching people who are the furthest behind, but it is also a limited resource. Donors have a responsibility to ensure that aid reaches the people who need it most and that it is prioritised for things that are not reached by other types of development funding. These include humanitarian aid, support for education, health and social protection systems, support for strengthened institutions and long-term support for civil society organisations and movements – which are central to democratic and sustainable development, where everyone is included.
Sweden must stick to the one percent target of GNI
The overall objective of Swedish aid is to ensure that people living in poverty and oppression can improve their living conditions. Sweden has a commitment to allocate 1% of the gross national income (GNI) to international aid.
Sweden must stick to the one percent target. ForumCiv works toward an ambitious aid policy and to ensure the volume and quality of 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, such as democratic ownership, inclusive partnerships, and results.
Development funding – more than just aid
Aid is far from sufficient to finance sustainable development. If we are to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, where no one is left behind, more and better funding is needed. These include tax revenues, private investment, remittances, and debt management.