SIDA boss fired due to corruption in Zambia

In a major shake up the general director of Sweden’s highly criticised aid agency Sida was fired Thursday.

Sweden is one of the world’s most generous donors, giving more than 1 percent of the GDP as aid to developing countries. But the aid agency has for years being accused of being wasteful and inefficient.

In a major shake up by the government Anders Nordström, general director of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), was fired Thursday. The government also announced an large-scale overhaul of the heavily criticized public authority.

“In order to ensure that Sida will overcome its high-profile business, economic and organizational shortcomings, the government has today decided on measures to ensure an efficient and effective authority,” development aid minister Gunilla Carlsson wrote in a statement Thursday morning.

The relationship between Sida’s board and Gunilla Carlsson has been strained for quite some time. The minister has repeatedly slammed the aid organisation for failing to make sure that the aid money is spent where it is needed.

The previous day Gunnila Carlsson wrote in a debate article at the Newsmill website that she was very upset by the fact that Swedish aid money has been involved in corruption and fraud in Zambia – over the course of several years – without Sida drawing attention to the dilemma.

She also said that Swedish development aid suffers from massive structural problems.

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, former head of the organisation Save the Children, was appointed as subbing general director.

Sida works according to directives of the Swedish Parliament and Government to reduce poverty in the world. The overall goal of Swedish development cooperation is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions, the organisation writes on its website.

Source: Swedish Wire

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