Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)


Organizational profile: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. They strive to reduce world poverty by allocating resources and knowledge with the goal of making a difference for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. To achieve this, they collaborate with actors from civil society and universities as well as the public and private sector. Sida’s activities are funded through Swedish tax revenue.

Sida contributes to promoting long-term sustainable use of forests, which makes it easier for vulnerable people to live on the forest’s resources in a longer perspective. The support goes mainly to sustainable forest production, which also includes changed forest policy, improved administration, governance and education. Among other things, Sida is involved in the global initiative REDD, which aims to reduce climate changes by getting countries to reduce their deforestation with the help of economic incentives.

Financing Instrument: Grants, Loans, Guarantees

Project scale: Forestry related projects have ranged from approximately US$70,000 to US$3,400,000.

Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global

Recipient categories: NPOs/NGOs, Civil Societies, Universities, Governments, and the Private Sector

Eligibility Criteria: The following preconditions must be fulfilled before Sida initiates an assessment of a partner proposal:
- All Sida funded interventions must be relevant in relation to a humanitarian/development strategy, decided by the Swedish government.
- All partners seeking Sida financial support must be aligned with Sida's Principal Values (see below).
- The organisation must be a legal entity that can formally have right and obligations towards Sida and the partner the partner must not be listed in the EU Consolidated List of Sanctions.
- If a proposed intervention includes parties that operate on EUs Common Market, EU State Aid Rules must be applied to ensure prevention of unfair competition between economic actors in Member States.
- Sida has grounds for exclusion: Sida does not finance activities such as production for weapons, illegal drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, commercial gambling, destruction of areas with high conservation/environmental value, promoting of pornography, promotion/production of racist or antidemocratic media.

Application guidelines: The starting point for Sida is always traditional official development Assistance. With which countries and within which areas they should focus their work all depends upon political decisions made by the Swedish government. Unlike with other donors, the procedure of receiving and funding unsolicited proposal is not common at Sida. Every submission is reviewed by Sida, but applicants should be aware that unsolicited proposals have a very slim chance to get funded and most often get rejected. Sometimes, Sida issues calls for proposals, challenge funds etc. These are based on a framework for a programme or results area where interested parties can send in proposals. Based on the proposals Sida identifies relevant cooperation partners. Such opportunies will be announced on their website under Calls and announcements.

Publication Date
Friday, 02 April 2021
Applicable location
Forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT)
Forest conservation and management
Climate change
Financing opportunities