Sweden reinstates aid to Uganda
Sweden has announced it will resume financial aid to Uganda despite the country’s anti gay laws.
Sweden originally suspended assistance to Uganda in March in condemnation of the African nation’s increasingly harsh anti-gay laws.
But the Swedish embassy in Kampala has announced Sweden will once again resume financial aid to the country as it wants to create better conditions for women and children.
According to reports on Reuters, Sweden has announced it will provide 1.35 billion crowns ($198 million) over the next five years to improve child and maternal health, sustainable growth and employment.
"Sweden wants to help create better conditions in Uganda for sustainable economic growth and development. This is why Swedish aid to Uganda will remain substantial," said Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engstrom in a statement.
"Sweden continues to support human rights and freedom from violence", the embassy added in its statement.
Engstrom also he would continue to monitor the situation in Uganda in regards to womens rights nad the rights of LGBT people.
"It is important that LGBT people and others do not become scapegoats because of changes in Swedish aid,” Engstrom said.