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International Development Cooperation and Swedish Welfare Model

  • Journal of the Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Abbr : JSSK
  • 2011, 12(), pp.137-167
  • Publisher : The Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > North Europe(Scandinavian)

Inchoon Kim 1

1연세대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Sweden is widely known as a country of universal welfare state and prominent ODA leader. According to Sida, the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation, key goals of Swedish international development cooperation are economic growth, economic and social equality, democratic development, and gender equality. They also emphasize economic and political independence to help to ensure that poor countries can make their own decisions on their economies and policies and create the conditions necessary for national self-determination. This paper argues that these goals and strategies reflect the goals and strategies of the Swedish welfare state. The Swedish welfare state eventually pursues development of personal capacity and provision of equal economic and social opportunities for all people. Short-term economic security and high level of living conditions including health and education are key elements for the Swedish welfare state as well as for the Swedish ODA.

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