The below is attributable to Spokesperson Shejal Pulivarti:
On October 14, Deputy Administrator Coleman met with Carin Jämtin, Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), to discuss areas of partnership and collaboration to advance global priorities, including support for Ukraine, and mobilizing donors toward locally-led development.
Deputy Administrator Coleman thanked Sweden and SIDA for their generous assistance in support of Ukraine and noted that USAID is working closely with all of our European partners to address the impacts of Russian Federation’s unprovoked war, including on the neighboring country of Moldova. Deputy Administrator Coleman discussed continued concerns around Ukrainian agricultural production and exports, which have implications on food security in Ukraine and globally. The Deputy Administrator highlighted USAID’s Agriculture Resilience Initiative - Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine), through which USAID is investing $100 million to support Ukrainian farmers and noted the need to bolster international assistance and donor support for Ukraine’s agriculture sector.
Director General Jämtin and Deputy Administrator Coleman discussed ways which USAID and SIDA continue to invest in leadership of local partners and agreed to further work together on localization best practices.
Deputy Administrator Coleman congratulated Director-General Jämtin on Sweden assuming the role of co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).