Swedish little piggy went to the market

In 2012, after anakata’s arrest in Cambodia, suspicions rose that Sweden might have paid for his arrest through an increase in its annual aid package. The reasons being that only four days later Ambassadors signed a deal granting an all time high donation.

Anders J├Ârle, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs spokesperson, was quoted in Swedish press calling the speculations about the oddly timed increase “ridicilously far-fetched”, but publicly released numbers show that perhaps money trail speculations were not that far from the truth.

What the published statistics show is that one of the highest donations occurred in 1997, at the time when Hun Sen rose to power through a military coup. 1997 was the year when the currently serving government rose to power through violence, not long after Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime had fallen and Cambodia fell back to civil war standards. In relation to the rough times that Cambodia was facing in 1997 it is quite expected that Sweden would donate an all time high sum.

Yet, the 1997 donation is historically the 2nd largest sum donated to Cambodia by the Swedish government in form of aid. The largest donation occurred in 2012, coincidentally the same year as anakata was arrested in central Phnom Penh.

Not only was 2012 the largest total, it was also the largest modern percentage increase of 32.15% between 2011 and 2012, while the increase between 2010 and 2011 was only 6.25%. Coincidentally the total aid sum mysteriously dropped again between 2012 and 2013 by a good 30.22%.

In 2013 the same ministry, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, released a report where they concluded that they didn’t really have any clue of how Sweden is handling aid money which is paid annually to countries considered in need of help.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs report concluded that parts of the Swedish annual aid is handled by trainees and nobody is actually following up where the money is going.

In fact, everybody is so informed about how aid packages are received by third world countries in need that when Swedish SIDA in 2013 donated IT equipment to the Cambodian Ministry of Education Nath Bunroeun, Education Ministry Secretary of State, begged local officials not to bring it home for private use.

So, who took the ~9,400,000 paid by Sweden to extract anakata home?

Aid by year

1980 $12,300,000
1981 $8,730,000
1982 $8,340,000
1983 $5,460,000
1984 $8,460,000
1985 $3,110,000
1986 $4,449,000
1987 $1,080,000
1988 $0
1989 $5,270,000
1990 $3,580,000
1991 $3,170,000
1992 $19,200,000
1993 $10,100,000
1994 $5,670,000
1995 $3,970,000
1996 $14,300,000
1997 $30,400,000
1998 $14,200,000
1999 $7,550,000
2000 $16,800,000
2001 $16,900,000
2002 $14,500,000
2003 $18,700,000
2004 $22,500,000
2005 $14,400,000
2006 $17,200,000
2007 $17,900,000
2008 $16,100,000
2009 $23,900,000
2010 $24,000,000
2011 $28,300,000
2012 $35,800,000
2013 $26,400,000

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