Jämtin named head of Swedish development agency

Jämtin begins her new job as Sida’s Director-General on Monday
Photo: Fredrik Persson

The Swedish government has appointed Carin Jämtin as director general of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency(Sida).

Jämtin has an extensive experience in development cooperation and served as Minister for International Development Cooperation from 2003 to 2006.

Born in 1964, Jämtin has a long and solid experience in Swedish development cooperation, not least in the capacity of Minister for International Development Cooperation between 2003 and 2006 and as Deputy Secretary General at the Olof Palme International Center.

For the past three years she has served as a member of the Swedish parliament.

At the press conference where her appointment was announced, the Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin emphasized the important role of Swedish aid to strive towards the fulfilment of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and to continue to provide world-class development cooperation.

“There is a broad political consensus in Sweden that Sida and Swedish development cooperation should be at the forefront of development aid, achieving the goals we have set up while also finding opportunities to develop new methods and strive for continuous improvement,” says Jämtin.

The recruitment process started when Charlotte Petri Gornitzka left the position of director-general in 2016 and took up the position of chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee DAC. Lennart Båge has been Sida’s acting director-general since November 2016.

Jämtin will assume her new role on Monday, May 29. She will be heading a government agency with an annual workforce of 655 distributed between the Stockholm headquarters, local offices in Visby and Härnösand and Swedish embassies around the world.