On Friday 15 June, The King visited the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in Stockholm.
In the morning, Sida's Director-General Carin Jämtin and Deputy Director-General Marie Ottosson welcomed The King to the agency. The King was then given an introduction to Sida's assignment and operations.
Five Sida employees presented areas that Sida works with. These included projects on environmental and climate issues in Africa, freedom of speech issues in Russia and the link between humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation, with examples from Asia. The King was also given a presentation on Sida's work with migration issues.
The King then had the opportunity to visit the agency's offices and meet other employees.
The visit to Sida concluded with a presentation on how the agency works with other players in Sweden, including influencers, to engage Swedish youth and present a different picture of aid work.
Sida is a state agency that works on behalf of the Riksdag and the Swedish Government to reduce poverty in the world.
Sida works to implement Swedish development policy, which aims to create the right conditions for poor people to improve their living conditions. The agency's role also includes carrying out reform cooperation in Eastern Europe. The third aspect of Sida's assignment involves providing humanitarian aid for people in need.
The agency carries out in-depth development cooperation with a total of 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. These countries are decided on by political decisions.