Taboos around menstruation hinder development and gender equality

Girls holding a menstrual cup

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 […]

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May 13, 2020, Guest chronicle

The climate initiative has finally been evaluated

Flooding in Bangladesh

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 License)

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 […]

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April 24, 2020, Guest chronicle

Ten years of fighting poverty can be lost

Children in Uganda carry water by bicycle

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 […]

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April 22, 2020, Guest chronicle

Progress on the rights of indigenous women may be lost in Bolivia

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

The corona crisis demands international solidarity, not national egoism

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 […]

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March 24, 2020, Guest chronicle

When addiction makes it difficult to criticize

Kibera and tourist

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 […]

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March 16, 2020, Guest chronicle

Mixed view on mixed financing

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

Women's unions are needed - in both Sweden and the world

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 […]

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March 4, 2020, Guest chronicle

As a Stockholmer, I have to learn from the world's small farmers

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 […]

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February 25, 2020, Guest chronicle

Democracy support for Africa needs to be reshaped

Election posters on Yoweri Museveni

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 […]

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January 9, 2020, Guest chronicle