More and more countries in the world are faced with non-communicable diseases such as obesity - which is a contributing factor to, among other things, heart problems, diabetes and osteoarthritis. Pictured: A night market in Vietnam. Photo: Image by Sang Hyun Cho. Source: Pixabay.
Of: Frida Lindberg
More and more people in developing countries are suffering from obesity, which is fatal. The causes of the problem are poverty, unequal societies and dietary changes with increasing amounts of sugar, salt and fat. This leads to the so-called "double burden", where countries are allowed to work on two fronts - both against communicable and non-communicable diseases.
June 23, 2022, Analysis
The EU is investing billions in infrastructure investments in developing countries. The initiative is seen by many as a challenger to China's project "New Silk Road" - also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Pictured: one of the terminals of a high-profile BRI-funded railway project in Laos, which was inaugurated two days after the launch of the EU initiative. Photo: Pakopakopapa. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Of: Markus Hietanen
The EU promises multi-billion sums in infrastructure investments to developing countries under the heading "The Global Gateway". Many see the initiative as a direct challenger to China's similar giant project "The New Silk Road", while others question the EU's ability to compete with China.
May 6, 2022, Analysis
El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has been controversial during his tenure, and the introduction of Bitcoin as the official currency in the country has diluted this. Photo: PresidenciaSV. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Of: Hanne Karlsson
El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele is facing massive criticism and is increasingly mentioned as a dictator. This after the development during the past year that has been fraught with the removal of judges from the Supreme Court, changes to the country's constitution and the introduction of Bitcoin as the official currency.
May 5, 2022, Analysis
Demonstration in support of the military in Bamako, Mali after the military coup 2020. Photo: VOA Bambara. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Of: Idun Eklind
Military calmly announce on state television that they have now taken power. The people on the streets of the capital rejoice. The coup, which is sharply disapproved of outside their country, succeeded.
April 13, 2022, Analysis
Sanctions against Russia can hit other countries' economies and populations hard. Photo: DimitroSevastopol / 35 images. Source: Pixabay.
Of: Sigrid Wernersson
Raging commodity prices, economic crises and unexpected winners. These are some of the possible effects of economic sanctions against Russia, but far from all countries choose to support the sanctions. Whatever the purpose, sanctions risk being more globally destabilizing than many realize.
April 8, 2022, Analysis
An investment in hydropower in Guatemala has a negative effect on indigenous culture, says indigenous leader Mario López. In the picture, he is standing in front of the river Chixoy, which as a result of a power plant is now half as wide. Photo: Sori Lundqvist, Source: The Latin American groups.
Of: Lina Kallio
56 years ago, the UN General Assembly decided on the abolition of racial discrimination. Despite this, there is widespread and structural discrimination against indigenous peoples both in Guatemala and in Sweden.
March 24, 2022, Analysis
Hundreds of people in La Paz participated in a flash mob in La Paz in 2015 to draw attention to gender-based violence - which is a widespread problem in Bolivia. Photo: UN Women. Source: Flickr.
Of: Beata Sjödahl
In Bolivia, seven out of ten women state that they have been subjected to violence in a close relationship and since 2013, one woman has been murdered every three days in the country. The pandemic, and the restrictions it has brought, have further aggravated the situation for women as many women have been quarantined with their perpetrators.
March 8, 2022, Analysis
Desmond Tutu was one of South Africa's foremost freedom fighters in the fight against Apartheid. He died in December 2021, aged 90 years. Photo: Cymru dros Heddwch. Source: Flickr.
Of: Linnea Ljungar
It was in the 1980s that Desmond Tutu played an important role in drawing national and international attention to the apartheid system in South Africa. But even today, South Africa is a country with a large gap between rich and poor, largely due to the legacy of colonialism and the apartheid system.
March 2, 2022, Analysis
Afghan schoolgirls on their way to school in the village of Gardon e-Bola just west of Kabul. The school, which is run by the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, is one of the few schools in the country that will be kept open after the Taliban took power earlier this year. Photo: Paul Hansen. Source: DN.
Of: Hanne Karlsson
Last week was International Education Day. This year, the spotlight was on the universal right to education as a cog in achieving global sustainable development. At the same time as school development is going in the right direction on many levels, a special group has fallen behind - the girls.
February 1, 2022, Analysis
The so-called Peace Wall divides western Belfast, with the mountain Black Mountain in the background. Photo: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon.
Of: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon
Although Northern Ireland has been peaceful on paper for 23 years, the parties to the conflict have remained divided. Some argue that it is because of the so-called peace wall, which divides Republican and loyalist areas and thus prevents meetings and integration. Others say that the wall is a vital protection against aggression from the other side, and that if it is torn down, Belfast may once again be marked by violence, death and terror.
January 21, 2022, Analysis, FUF-correspondents