Gold and green forests - Gabon receives millions in support for sustainability work

"Ali Bongo prefers elephants and trees over people," locals commented on Gabon's president. More than half of all the world's remaining forest elephants live in the country's rainforest and for many inhabitants this means ruined harvests. Photo: Antony Trivet. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Beata Fylkner

When Gabon received money from Norway for its rainforest, the country became historic. After world leaders at the UN climate conference in the autumn promised $ 12 billion to combat deforestation, the model has been revived, but there is concern among locals about the socio-economic consequences of the initiative.

December 3, 2021, News

Russian military company approaches Mali - has been accused of war crimes

Wagner works, for example, with training local forces and protecting important people. That is the basis for a possible contract with Mali. Pictured - the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA. Source: Flickr.

Of: Linnea Ljungar

In recent years, Russian military companies have gained more power on the African continent. One of these companies is The Wagners Group - which in connection with previous involvement in the Central African Republic has been accused of war crimes. At the same time, the military company's progress raises questions about how future security policy will be shaped.

December 2, 2021, Analysis

The presidential election in Zambia - a victory for democracy

Zambia's peaceful transfer of power in this year's political elections gives hope to other countries on the continent. Photo: Canva.

Of: Linnea Boström

At the end of the summer, presidential elections were held in Zambia. Against expectations, the opposition candidate Hichilema took home the victory and the country became overnight a prime example of a well-functioning, political transition in Africa. - The peaceful transfer of power made me feel very proud to be a Zambian, says Pezo Mateo-Phiri, who works at the Swedish embassy in the capital Lusaka.

December 1, 2021, Interview

"If you only want to do one thing, it is to buy smaller clothes"

Aja Barber is a journalist, stylist and now a writer in sustainable fashion. Photo: Stephen Cunningsworth.

Of: Julia Carlzon

In previous articles from this week, we have read about the fast fashion industry's impact on people and the environment, and how slow fashion is the future. Aja Barber - journalist, stylist and author of the book "Consumed: The Need for Collective Change" - is convinced that all consumers bear a responsibility for the injustices created by the fashion industry.

November 26, 2021, Interview

Uncontrolled proliferation of weapons is a threat to women's rights and security

For every woman's safety, rights and well-being, in Sweden and the world, it is important to prevent access to illegal small and light weapons. This is what Karin Olofsson, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Light Weapons Issues, and Malin Nilsson, Secretary General of the International Women's Union for Peace and Freedom, write in a debate article.

Today, on International Day Against Violence Against Women, we pay attention to the importance of gender equality in achieving lasting peace. Over a billion small and light weapons circulate around the world. The presence of firearms is clearly increasing levels of violence against women - both inside and outside armed conflicts. We demand more measures to prevent the uncontrolled spread of weapons in order to increase women's security and enable women to participate in society. It is written by Malin Nilsson, Secretary General of the International Women's Union for Peace and Freedom, and Karin Olofsson, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Light Weapons Issues.

November 25, 2021, Debate

Ten percent of the world's emissions come from the fashion industry

Protest against the Fast fashion industry in Berlin in September 2019. Photo: Stefan Müller. Source: Flickr.com.

Of: Melanie Alphonse

Since the early 2000s, the fashion industry has produced so-called "fast fashion" - trendy and short-lived garments that are quickly replaced by new trends, and the fashion industry today accounts for about 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. This is the second part of Utvecklingsmagasinet's survey of the back of the clothing industry.

November 24, 2021, News

Swedes' clothing consumption takes place at the expense of both people and the environment

The textile industry is estimated to be the second most polluted industry in the world, after the oil industry, according to UN News. Photo: PhotoMIX-Company. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Alice Eriksson

The clothing industry is the second most polluted industry in the world and the largest parts of the emissions for Swedes' consumption take place abroad. At the same time, the people who make clothes in factories work under terrible working conditions.

November 23, 2021, Analysis

Swedish companies are fueling corruption in developing countries

Buildings in Arenastaden in Solna, Stockholm, where the headquarters of many large companies are located - including Telias. Photo: Kaj Schmidt. Source: Flickr.

Of: Villemo Warnerfjord

The western world must help so-called "failed states" to build democratic societies and fight corruption - at the same time as large western companies fertilize it and are involved in extensive corruption scandals.

November 19, 2021, Analysis

The war in Tigray must be resolved as three different conflicts

- An increased understanding of the various actors' separate dispute issues contributes to an insight into the obstacles that exist for a quick solution, writes, David Larsson Gebre-Medhin, PhD in peace and conflict research, in a guest analysis on the conflict in Ethiopia.

Of: David Larsson Gebre-Medhin

The Tigray war in Ethiopia has taken a new turn and rebels are now threatening the capital Addis Ababa. Although Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently strengthened his mandate through success in this year's elections to the federal parliament, he now risks losing power. And with each passing day, suffering is growing - so far the war has resulted in thousands of deaths, widespread ethnically motivated abuses against civilians, violence that has displaced more than 2.5 million people and a famine that has affected an estimated 400 and threatens another seven million people.

November 18, 2021, Guest analysis

From fossil-free to fossil-free

An oil field is an area in the earth's crust with great opportunities for economic gains. Image from California. Photo: Babette Plana. Source: Flickr.

Of: Marcus Karlén

Imagine that a country can undergo a rapid growth journey by giving up the fossil-dependent step. The idea of ​​traveling from a fossil-free society to a continued fossil-free one would mean a new world order and a major step for humanity's fight against climate change.

November 18, 2021, Reconnaissance