The Arab Children Literature and Reading Regional Programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, Sida is a government agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Its goal is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions.

The  Children’s Literature programme is in line with Sida’s Position Paper on Development Cooperation with the Middle East and the North Africa (MENA), adopted in 2006, which suggests that regional cultural cooperation can be a positive contribution for the democratic development in the region.

The total budget of the programme amounts to around SEK 29,633,500.