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Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, is a government agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Sida's goal is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions. As other Swedish government agencies, Sida works independently within the framework laid down by the Swedish Parliament and Government. They specify the budgets, the countries with which Sweden - and thereby Sida - is to work with, and the focus of Swedish international development cooperation. The Director General is the head of Sida and has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the decisions of Parliament and the Government are executed.
The Director General also makes decisions at the overall level in respect of Sida's organisation, including the appointment of managers at Sida and counsellors for development cooperation at the embassies. Sida's management group consists of the Director General, one Deputy Director-General, two Assistant Director General, one Planning Director and thirteen Heads of Departments