Lack of good menstrual protection - like menstrual cups - means that many girls in Zimbabwe stay home from school when they are menstruating. Photo: Annika Liwendahl
Of: Angelica Broman and Annika Liwendahl
“When I had to go to the toilet at school, I waited until everyone had left the classroom. Then I stood up and checked for spots you know, the situation was just so uncomfortable ". It is one of the participants in a study on how menstruation affects girls' ability to participate in school education in Zimbabwe as […]
May 13, 2020, Guest chronicle
Sweden's climate investment between 2009 and 2012 led, among other things, to better disaster preparedness in Bangladesh, according to a new evaluation. Photo: DFAT (CC BY 2.0)
Of: Johan Schaar
"Sweden takes a broad initiative for climate-proof aid". This was the headline in Dagens Nyheter on September 24, 2007. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in an interview that the government would establish an international commission to "find out how to use development aid to meet the climate threat". The ambition of Fredrik Reinfeldt's government was high - the Commission would […]
April 24, 2020, Guest chronicle
The corona pandemic could put half a billion people in poverty, according to a report from Oxfam.
Of: Elin Williams
Half a billion people could end up in poverty due to the economic effects of the coronavirus. This is shown by Oxfam's report Dignity Not Destitution, which was released two weeks ago. For many of us, time stands still right now and life has been paused. For others, not least healthcare professionals, the pace has picked up. In some places, the time can now be […]
April 22, 2020, Guest chronicle
Bolivia's indigenous women have gained a much better position in society during Evo Morale's time in power, writes Emil Wenlöf. Photo: Soman (CC BY-SA) and private
Of: Emil Wenlöf
The situation of women in Bolivia has improved markedly over the last thirteen years. Discriminatory laws have been changed and, for the first time in history, indigenous women have taken seats in parliament and in many other public posts. But since November, the country has had a controversial interim president who changes politics and makes racist statements against the country's indigenous peoples. The concern is great among many of the country's indigenous peoples and women.
April 15, 2020, Guest chronicle
In the wake of the crisis, many of the world's politicians are developing an extreme form of national selfishness, writes economist and author Stefan de Vylder.
Of: Stefan de Vylder
In 2015, Bill Gates gave a short fire speech about a danger that threatens humanity: “The next outbreak? We are not ready ”. He said that as a child he was most afraid of nuclear war. The parents hoarded canned food, and the children were ordered to go down to the basement if war broke out. "But today," Gates continued, "is a pandemic […]
March 24, 2020, Guest chronicle
Tourists often come to Kibera in Kenya to watch the slums. Photo: Ninara and PickPik
Of: Emily Sword
I'm on the outskirts of Kibera in Nairobi. I am here on an internship at a small local organization that functions as a leisure center where children from the area can do homework, be creative and find peace. Kibera, popularly known as Kibra, is one of the largest informal settlements in East Africa. Kibera […]
March 16, 2020, Guest chronicle
Aid used to increase private investment is usually called mixed financing. Mats Hårsmar writes about the reactions to a new report on the subject.
Of: Mats Hårsmar
How to get the most possible development effect from international aid - which, despite its size, is a limited resource? So-called mixed financing is a form of development cooperation that donor countries look at differently, writes Mats Hårsmar. He has project-led a new report on the topic from the Expert Group for Development Aid Analysis.
March 10, 2020, Guest chronicle
There is a lot left in the fight for gender equality, both in Sweden and in the world. It writes Centerkvinnornas Susanne von Tiedemann. Photo: Pablo Valerio / Pixabay
Of: Susanne von Tiedemann
Va? What did you say, do you work for a women's union? Excuse me, but are women's unions really needed? Sweden is equal. Quite often I am met by that reaction when I tell where I work. I am the general secretary of the Center Women, the Center Party's women's union. I usually answer that as long as there are gender-related injustices that affect women, conscious special organization is needed in […]
March 4, 2020, Guest chronicle
It is with the world's small farmers that the sustainable solutions exist, not with city dwellers like myself, writes guest columnist Joakim Billtén. Photo: Piqsels and CIAT (CC BY-SA)
Of: Joakim Billtén
As I grew up in a city like Stockholm, I have been gifted with a lack of feeling for where food actually comes from. As a youngster and until today, I have thought that the food actually comes from the grocery store, from a small field somewhere under the store. But of course that is not the case. When I started my internship at […]
February 25, 2020, Guest chronicle
Politics in Africa works differently than in Europe, writes Professor Göran Hydén. Here are election posters in Uganda ahead of the 2011 election. Photo: Gabriel White (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Of: Göran Hyden
Thirty years have passed since the waves of democracy swept across the earth. It was the third in the order and differed from previous waves by hitting all continents. There are reasons to review the results. Its influence remains strongest in Latin America and Eastern Europe, where military and communist dictatorships have given way and democracy, albeit threatened, is now […]
January 9, 2020, Guest chronicle