Review of "A Dizzying Task - Sweden and Development Aid 1945-1975"

Olof Palme outside the Riksdag House in 1968 talks to a hunger-striking student from Lund who wants the one percent goal to be reached. Photo: Sven-Erik Sjöberg / DN / TT

Of: Goran Holmqvist

Three Swedish historians have made an impressive effort to document the development of development aid as a new policy area in the years 1945 to 1975. The book addresses several key issues in today's Swedish development aid debate: including the XNUMX% target, the choice of partner countries and Tanzania - the country of broken expectations. Göran Holmqvist, head of department at Sida, discusses some of the book's contributions to us based on today's development collaboration.

September 21, 2021, Analysis

Sweden extends development cooperation with Colombia - no focus on the drug problem

The Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the guerrilla group FARC in 2016, but violence and drug production have not decreased. Photo: Presidencia El Salvador, Flickr.

Of: Jennie Aradszky

Colombia has extensive problems with violence and organized crime, largely linked to international drug trafficking. The outside world is a direct contributor to these problems and in Sweden it is currently being debated whether bans are an effective drug policy. The Swedish government has extended its development cooperation with Colombia, but the serious threat posed by the illegal drug market is not mentioned in the strategy.

May 28, 2021, Analysis

Deep crisis in Ethiopia - the conflicts are spreading

Of: Pierre Fruhling

The war in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia continues, the risk of famine increases and the information on ethnic cleansing grows in strength. At the same time, extensive violence is also taking place in several other regions. Since Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, the conflicts in the country have gradually worsened and experts believe that the planned election in June may worsen the situation further. In the worst case, the crisis could lead to civil war and the disintegration of the country. Pierre Frühling provides a comprehensive analysis of the situation in the country.

May 7, 2021, Analysis

Indian farmers continue to protest against agricultural reforms

Since the autumn of 2020, Indian farmers have been protesting against new agricultural reforms. Photo: Ananth BS, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Of: Josefine Hörkeby

Indian farmers have been protesting against agricultural reforms since last autumn and are demanding that they be stopped. They believe that their livelihoods are deteriorating. The Indian government believes that it is a necessary modernization of the agricultural system.

May 4, 2021, Analysis

Are sporting events more important than human rights?

Qatar's rejection of human rights ahead of the World Cup is outrageous. Photo: Omar Chatriwala, Flickr

Of: Louise Marklund

This year's World Cup qualifiers have aroused great debate both nationally and internationally. Qatar, the host country for the World Cup 2022, is considered to be violating human rights. Once again, the debate over inadequate selection of host countries for sports championships is being revived.

May 3, 2021, Analysis

Universal basic income for low- and high-income countries

Campaign ahead of the referendum on national basic income in Switzerland 2016 where the people voted no. Photo: Michael von der Lohe, Flickr

Of: Kevin Perera

Citizens' salaries (also called basic income) are predicted to be able to alleviate economic decline and lead to favorable outcomes. Basically, it is about society offering residents an unconditional financial security, sufficient to cover basic needs. But will basic income achieve similar effects in low- and high-income countries? And if not, what differences are there to consider? There are many indications that low-income countries may find it difficult to reform poverty reduction, from aid to a reliable welfare system, while high-income countries have a much better starting point for using basic income for their own purposes.

April 8, 2021, Analysis

Police brutality in Nigeria is a global phenomenon

The demonstrations in Africa's most populous city in Nigeria. Photo: Jerry Jallo

The demonstrations in Africa's most populous city in Nigeria. Photo: Jerry Jallo

Of: Melanie Alphonse

Demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutality and corruption in the autumn of 2020 resulted in the majority of deaths and arrests. However, the debate on police brutality and violence is not just about Nigeria, it exists globally and affects most countries, all of which seem to suffer from several common factors.

February 3, 2021, Analysis

Is it possible to trust the climate investments in China's new five-year plan?

Despite new promises of investments in renewable fuels, China is still expanding its coal industry. Photo by Picrazy2

Despite new promises of investments in renewable fuels, China is still expanding its coal industry. Photo by Picrazy2

Of: Aaron Malmborg

China's new five-year plan aims at ambitious targets for renewable energy, a less export-dependent economy and technological development. The intention is to increase the prosperity of several hundred million people and counteract climate change. But can we trust what the Communist Party promises, and will they be able to hold on to power?

January 25, 2021, Analysis

High risk of poorer education during corona

School closures due to the corona pandemic have created major challenges for teaching. Photo: ivalex,

Of: Louise Marklund

Covid-19 has accelerated an educational crisis that has affected an entire generation of children and young people. Problems that have long been hidden in classrooms have been made visible by school cuts around the world. Even in Sweden, the pandemic has created difficult conditions for learning.

January 20, 2021, Analysis