Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General of the Swedish International Development Agency

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, webbredaktör Vetenskapsrådet

Who is she?

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka has served as the Director General of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) since 2011 where she leads efforts to empower impoverished people around the world. Under her leadership, Sida has actively leveraged the role of the private sector in driving development in Africa, a trend that will likely grow in the coming years.

During Sida’s restructuring, Petri Gornitzka has led a ‘cultural change’ that encourages partnerships over unilateral efforts in development assistance. In line with this view, Petri Gornitzka has spearheaded number of new partnerships and projects, including a $15.4 million two-year partnership with the International Labor Organization focusing on poverty reduction and a cooperation agreement with Georgia and others in the region focusing on democracy, human rights, and rule of law. The seven-year, $638 million pact is a part of a larger $1.2 billion package to the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. Continue reading

Weekly Round-up

This week in development…

  • This week leaders of nearly 50 African countries convened in Washington for the first-ever US-Africa Leaders’ Summit.  On the discussion table were issues of trade, governance, and security, with particular emphasis on US-Africa business. During the US-Africa Business Forum the United States pledged over $33 billion in new commitments to Africa, $12 billion to Power Africa, and over $14 billion was pledged by the private sector to increase US-Africa business ties.
  • On August 6, at a US-African Leaders Summit symposium entitled “Investing in Our Future,” Michelle Obama held a special event with former first lady Laura Bush and the first ladies of two dozen African countries.  The event highlighted the role of women in health and development on the continent, as well as the need for improved education and leadership among women.

Continue reading