The Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, with its section office in Yangon, handles both the regional development cooperation in Asia, with focus on Southeast Asia, and the bilateral development cooperation with Myanmar.
Regional Development Cooperation:
The regional programme is guided by a “Strategy for Sweden's Regional Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific Region 2016-2021”. The thematic areas for the regional strategy are environment and climate, energy, urban planning, democracy and human rights. The goal of the Swedish Regional Development Cooperation is sustainable development in Asia through mutual interactions between human rights, democracy, equality, environment and climate. Implementation of the strategy entails collaboration with around 40 regional organisations.
The collaboration partners are international non-governmental organisations and networks, intrastate organisations, universities (research), different UN-organisations, Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and Swedish governmental authorities. Private sector partners participate in some of the projects and some of the programmes involve cooperation with ASEAN. The Embassy also provides support for regional research collaboration.
The programs that our partners implement cover different geographical areas. The geographical focus for the strategy is South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region but most countries in Asia are represented in the different programs. In all programmes and projects the Swedish government’s thematic priorities for development cooperation are incorporated; environment and climate, democracy and human rights; and gender equality and women´s role in development.