Child mortality is decreasing – but the work is far from over

A UN report shows a sharp reduction in child mortality since the turn of the millennium, but the reduction is not evenly distributed between different parts of the world and different age groups. Photo: Yvonne Larsson. Source: Flickr.

Of: Benjamin Frisk

Since the turn of the millennium, the death rate for children under the age of five in the world has halved, according to a UN report. Proximity and access to child and maternal health care, midwives and vaccinations are some of the explanations. But the work to reduce global child mortality is far from over, especially when it comes to mortality among newborns.

May 24, 2024, News

After deadlock in the Congress: the US presents a new billion-dollar military package to Ukraine

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently presented a six billion dollar aid package to Ukraine - which the Democrats had actually hoped would arrive in August 2023. Image: Chad J. McNeely. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

A military aid package worth six billion dollars will help Ukraine replenish its weapons stockpiles, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced in slate April. The support is part of a larger aid package that was voted on by Congress after a months-long standstill. The package gives Ukraine much of the equipment that the country has requested - but not all. 

May 6, 2024, News

Maternal mortality in the world is decreasing - but inequality remains

Global work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is progressing, but there are still major differences in the global North and global South, according to a new UN report. Photo: MarijoAH12. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Fleur Riller Loins

Since the year 2000, the rights of women and girls have been strengthened all over the world. Education, improved maternity clinics and increased access to contraceptives have led to a 34 percent reduction in maternal mortality since the turn of the millennium. At the same time, there is a big difference in sexual and reproductive rights in the global north and global south. It shows one new report by the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA.

April 25, 2024, News

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

Civil society in a meeting with the minister of aid: "Uncertainty and lack of clarity in politics"

Aid Minister Johan Forsell (M) and State Secretary Diana Janse invited civil society to get input on the aid reform agenda - which will be drawn up during the year. During the meeting, several organizations highlighted that it is unclear what the government actually means by effective aid. Photo: FUF.

Of: Alice Mutambala

During Friday met several civil society organizations Aid Minister Johan Forssell (M) and State Secretary Diana janse for to discuss the reform agenda for the aid – to be designed under 2023. The link between trade and aid and what effective and transparent aid actually means were some of them the discussion points.  

May 5, 2023, News

Government critic Rusesabagina released in Rwanda

Paul Rusesabagina was released from prison in Rwanda at the end of March, where he was sentenced despite his denial of terrorist offences. He has now been allowed to return to his family, who have been living in the United States for some time now. Image: ABC Reconciliation Forum. Source: Flickr.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt

At the end of March, government critic Paul was released Rusesabagina, who is portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda, suddenly from prison. He was convicted in 2021 over his denials of sponsoring rebel groups that carried out deadly attacks in the country, but the trial has been criticized by several countries and human rights organizations for being politically motivated. Now Paul has Rusesabagina allowed to return to his family in the United States – but at the price of a promise that stop get involved in Rwandan politics.  

April 18, 2023, News

Diana Janse on the government's aid policy: "To prioritize is to prioritize away"

- We have had to look at the priorities and prioritize after that, it is based on a need to find funding for Ukraine, says State Secretary Diana Janse about the government's new aid policy, which includes cuts in several areas. Photo: The Association for Development Issues (FUF).

Of: Alice Mutambala

The government's new aid policy means increased support to Ukraine, but also several reductions – including in support to the UN, information work and research. These priorities and away priorities were in focus when Diana janse, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, met civil society in an armchair conversation at FUF.  

January 25, 2023, News

People continue to flee Lebanon – despite deadly boat accidents

From January to September 2022, the number of people who left Lebanon for Europe has increased by 70 percent compared to the same period last year. Pictured: Rubber boat arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Penelope Schulman. Source: Flickr.

Of: Amanda Rossling

Widespread poverty, lack of sanitation and substandard health care are some examples of the deteriorating situation in Lebanon. More and more people want to leave the country, and last September at least 94 people died when a boat with refugees crashed in the Mediterranean.  

November 10, 2022, News

Criticism of British refugee management in the shadow of the Ukraine War

More than 28 migrants arrived on the British coastline last year, according to the BBC, but Britain is criticized for its handling of refugees. Photo: IFRC. Source: Flickr.

Of: Maria Jacobsson

While people fleeing the war in Ukraine seek refuge in Britain, refugees continue to cross the English Channel from the French city of Calais to the coast of south-east England. Britain is now facing criticism, both from domestic and French voices - who claim that they take far too little responsibility for the refugee situation in Europe.

July 14, 2022, News

Per Bolund (MP) promised a billion investment for the climate in his Almedal speech

Per Bolund (MP) highlighted, among other things, the climate crisis, NATO and Russia's invasion of Ukraine in his party leadership speech during Almedalen Week. In addition, he mostly focused on climate policy in Sweden. Photo: Julia Lundén Azzeddine.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine, Andreas Klawitter and Elin Malmqvist

In Per Bolund's (MP) party leadership speech during Almedalen Week, he raised, among other things, the climate crisis, the issue of Swedish NATO membership and that Sweden should become independent of Russian gas. In addition, the focus was mostly on climate policy within Sweden's borders - despite the fact that the outside world is a recurring theme in the Green Party's party program.

July 7, 2022, Almedalen - article, News