Female street vendors fight for their place in Harare

Almost 90 percent of street vendors in Zimbabwe are completely dependent on street vending as their source of income. Many of them are women who risk violence and harassment when they work. Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi. Source: The Zimbabwean.

Of: Matilda Katsler

In central Harare, street vending is an important part of the economy, especially for women who account for a large part of the informal workforce in the country. The women have to fight hard to take a place in the public space - en place that often has a high price in the form of violence and sexual harassment.  

March 4, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

Week 9: Debaters want Sweden to continue advocating disarmament – ​​even as a NATO member

On Swedish opinion pages during the past week, most debaters were positive that Sweden's long application process to NATO seems to be coming to an end. Pictured: Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) (left) next to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (right). Photo: NATO. Source: Flickr.

Of: Benjamin Frisk

On February 26, Hungary's parliament voted yes to Swedengiven NATO membership, and now is that only formalities left before Sweden becomes a full member of the military alliance. This was the focus of the debate and leader pages during the past week, and most of them debaters were positive about Sweden's move towards NATO. Fclay underlined However, the importance of continuing to be a voice for peace and limitation of nuclear weapons. Aid to UNRWA, the UN aid organization for Palestinian refugees, also continued to be debated. 

March 4, 2024, Current debate

Young and highly educated people are leaving Hungary – as a result of Orbán's policies

Since 2022, Hungary can no longer be considered a full-fledged democracy. The political and economic development in the country has meant that many young and highly educated people choose to leave. Photo: Agnes Fältman.

Of: Agnes Fältman

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Fidesz, the nationalist ruling party, has over the past decade systematically dismantled the country's democratic institutions. In an increasingly harsh economic and political climate many young and highly educated Hungarians choose to move abroad. What can attract them back? Can liberal winds blowing across former nationalist ally Poland bring hope for change? 

February 26, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

Week 8: Debaters demand increased support for Ukraine

Last week, the war in Ukraine entered its third year. With that, debaters demanded, among other things, increased military support for Ukraine and tougher sanctions against Russia. Photo: President of Ukraine. Source: Flickr.

Of: The Chancellery

Last week it was two years since Russia began his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which characterized the Swedish opinion pages. Several debaters believed that Sweden, the EU and the world must do more to end the war. 

February 26, 2024, Current debate

FUF's annual meeting 2024

Date and time: 21 Mar, 17:30 - 19:00

FUF is a membership organization and the annual meeting is its highest decision-making body. All FUF members have the right to vote on the organization's development and future during the annual meeting. Motions must be received by FUF by March 7 at the latest. Motions are sent by email to fuf@fuf.se. All annual meeting documents will be available on our website no later than one week before the annual meeting. We offer [...]

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February 20

The war in Tigray is over, but peace lingers and famine threatens

Several armed conflicts plague Ethiopia and the country's economy is in crisis. The risk of a large-scale disaster is high. In a guest analysis, Pierre Frühling, who has worked with development issues for 40 years, writes about the ongoing conflicts in the country - and what can be done to curb them. Photo: Voice of America. Source: Garystockbridge.

Of: Pierre Frühling

The situation in Ethiopia is critical. There are several armed conflicts going on in the country, while food shortages are spreading and the economy is in crisis. The risk is great for mass starvation i tigray – the region that has been affected by en of today's bloodiest and most destructive wars. Without dialogue between leaders of the country different ethnic groups about how the borders should look between the regions and what kind of governance the country should have, it is difficult to see how any real peace can be achieved in Ethiopia. It writes Pierre springg, former diplomat, aid worker and journalist. 

February 19, 2024, Analysis

Week 7: Center parties demand financial penalties for climate criminals in the EU

During the past week, among other things, the future of the EU has been discussed on Swedish debate and editorial pages, due to the upcoming elections to the European Parliament this summer. Photo: European Parliament. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Ida Nilsson and Adam Hansen

Ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections, which fall in June this year, the debate about Sweden's role in the EU and the Union's future is increasing. The Center Party demands that the EU introduce financial penalties for countries that do not live up to the goals for climate change, while the Sweden Democrats advocate a restructuring of EU policy and strengthened decision-making at the national level. Even the Russian one opposition politician Alexey Navalny's death has been noticed in the debate during the past week. 

February 19, 2024, Current debate

FUF is shrinking as a result of the aid cuts

Of: The Chancellery

Unfortunately, the clouds have darkened for FUF in the run-up to 2024. The appropriations which via ForumCiv, Sida and FBA for many years have financed the lion's share of our projects and programs have been closed. We have therefore worked hard to find completely new funding routes - both within and outside the country's borders - and although we are still waiting for a couple of announcements, we have had to make several painful decisions before 2024. In order for us to be able to continue our business in the future, we need all the help we can get.

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February 16

Week 6: Artists call for Israel to be excluded from Eurovision

Over 1 artists - including Eric Saade, Robyn and Timbuktu - want to exclude Israel from Eurovision, citing the country's war in Gaza. But the artists' appeal has drawn criticism on, among other things, Dagens Nyheter's editorial page. Photo (left): WAfa/APAimages. Source: Wikimedia commons. Photo (right): AnnCatrin Blyckerts. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Ina Carlsson and Fleur Riller Lendemar

As the European music competition Eurovision song contest approaches, voices around the world have been raised calling for Israel to be removed from the contest - due to the war in Gaza. In a debate article, over 1 artists call the television union EBU for double standards, and Israel's participation in Eurovision for a "trivialization" of violations of international law. Dagens Nyheter's editorial board, on the other hand, believes that it is not hypocritical at all to want to boycott Russia but let Israel into the music competition.

February 12, 2024, Current debate

The State Secretary on the reform agenda: "We should not try to do everything everywhere"

On Tuesday, State Secretary Diana Janse answered questions about, among other things, the government's support for Swedish civil society, the reduced core support to the UN and the priority that aid should benefit Swedish interests. Photo: FUF.

Of: The Chancellery

The government's changes in Sweden's aid policy mean, among other things, an increased focus on trade, migration and Ukraine. But the changes have provoked reactions, not least from civil society organisations. So how does the government actually view the role of Swedish civil society in development cooperation? And why has it been chosen to reduce nuclear support to the UN in a world filled with crises? These were some of the issues that were discussed during FUF's conversation with Diana janse, State Secretary to the Minister for Aid and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell (M). 

February 7, 2024, News