SIDA is soliciting applications for partner organizations to deliver projects within the MENA countries to support greater capacity and efficiency in delivering humanitarian response to the MENA citizens.

Sida is expected to partner with organizations interested to contribute to a) needs-based, fast and effective humanitarian response; b) increased protection for people affected by crises and increased respect for international humanitarian law and the humanitarian principles; c) increased influence for people affected by crises; and d) greater capacity and efficiency in the humanitarian system.


The strategy for the Syrian crisis focuses on Syria and the most affected neighboring countries - Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The main areas and prior focus is resilience, focusing on gender-based violence and the livelihoods of people affected by the crisis.

The focus areas for Sida’s development cooperation in Sudan are sustainable peace, improved conditions for good social services and strong resilience when facing crises and disasters – The main target groups are women, children and young people.

In South Sudan, Sweden works towards a peaceful state building in South Sudan, in addition to assisting with extensive humanitarian aid.

To become partners, organizations will need to meet the following criteria:

  • The organization needs to show a clear commitment to base its work on the humanitarian principles.
  • The organization needs to have operational presence in at least 15 of the crises with a UN-led Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or Regional Refugee Response Plan (Regional RRP).
  • The organization should be able to provide evidence (e.g. HRP project code) that they are working within the UN-led response plans.
  • The organization will need to comply with the Principal values for Sida and cooperation partners.


A prioritized work in the region is cooperation, for peace building but also for sustainable development.

The initiatives encompassed by this strategy are expected to contribute to:

  • Strengthened democracy and gender equality, and greater respect for
    human rights
  • Strengthening the capacity of the region's civil society organizations to effectively demand accountability, shape opinions and cooperate
  • Strengthening the capacity of the region's civil society organizations and public institutions to promote gender equality and the rights of women and children in society
  • Strengthening the capacity and increasing the transparency of public institutions and improving the conditions for regional cooperation
    between them
  • Strengthening the capacity of the media to encourage democratic development and greater accountability 

Swedish Organizations for Potential Partnerships in the MENA Region

To learn more about this opportunity and to download the RfP, please click here 

Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world.

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Sida's work is based on two strategies, a regional MENA strategy and a specific strategy for the crisis in Syria, which also includes its neighboring countries. Both of the strategies focus on human rights, equality, and democracy tailored to regional development and the current situation.

To know more about SIDA's work and to know how to engage with them, please click here 

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