Almost all heads of government from the EU and the African Union gathered in Brussels in February - for the first time in five years. Photo: GovernmentZA. Source: Flickr.
Of: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon
From 17 to 18 February 2022, EU and African Union heads of government met in Brussels. Despite statements that the meeting represented the start of an equal partnership between Africa and the EU, several African leaders believe that the high ambitions remained empty words and are not reflected in reality.
March 16, 2022, News
Recently, the Ecuadorian forest Los Cedros won a feud against the country's state mining company Enami EP, based on Ecuador's constitution to protect the country's nature. Photo: Canva.
Of: Frida Lamberth Wallensteen
Ecuador's Supreme Court recently stopped plans for mining in the species-rich forest of Los Cedros, citing the country's constitution for natural rights. The country is the only one in the world with such a constitution, and the event opens up the idea that the legal rights of non-human beings are a necessary means in the fight against exploitation.
March 3, 2022, News
Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Source: Flickr. Photographer: Juan Antonio Segal.
Of: Elise Olsson
Tensions have been high between Russia and Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union, and now Russia has chosen to invade Ukraine - an invasion that will cost the lives of innocent people. But to understand the background to the invasion, it is important to go back in time a few decades.
February 25, 2022, News
The destruction of Typhoon Rai in Debu City, Philippines. Picture from December 2021. Photo: Martin Michlmayr. Source: Wikimedia.
Of: Lisa Busch
About two months after typhoon Rai struck the Philippines, the damage is still great. More than 350 people have died and tens of thousands of people are still being displaced from their homes and lacking basic necessities.
February 17, 2022, News
While Madagascar is hard hit by drought, it is also the most cyclone-hit country in Africa. Image: Heinonlein. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Of: Linnea Boström
Madagascar has repeatedly been included in the CARE organization's list of the ten least described humanitarian crises. This is despite the fact that the country has suffered from annual drought and its population from malnutrition and starvation. In the southern part of the country, a humanitarian catastrophe is currently taking place, the cause of which has been debated.
February 15, 2022, News
Protests against the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, with particular pressure on China's role in the Darfur conflict, in Myanmar and the country's treatment of Tibetans. The fact that the Winter Olympics will be held in China in February 2022 has also provoked reactions. Photo: Peter M. Source: Flickr.
Of: Julia Carlzon
On February 4, many of the world's top athletes will gather when the Winter Olympics kick off. However, the fact that the sporting event will be held in the Chinese capital Beijing has been met with a number of diplomatic boycotts from Western countries, due to the human rights violations taking place in the country.
February 3, 2022, News
The Swedish foundation Norrsken has opened a center for entrepreneurship and innovation in Kigali, Rwanda. Pictured: A statue depicting a woman and a child in Kigali. Photo: Andreas. Source: Pixabay.
Of: Beata Fylkner
Sweden is often regarded as the best in the world in surveys concerning both entrepreneurship and development cooperation. In recent times, more and more investments have been made with the goal of combining the two funds. Norrsken and Hand in Hand are two actors working to promote socio-economic development in Rwanda, Kenya and Zimbabwe with entrepreneurship as the main means.
February 2, 2022, News
The protests in Kazakhstan are the most extensive against the authoritarian regime in the country in decades. Photo: Ezetok. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Of: Sara Lannebo
The last week's protests in Kazakhstan, which degenerated into clashes between protesters and police, have calmed down for the time being. President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev's order to the security forces to "shoot without warning" and the reinforcing troops that Russia has sent to the country seem to have calmed the situation. According to Kazakh authorities, at least 164 people have been killed in the violence.
January 11, 2022, News
In Sida's survey on Swedes' views on development assistance from December 2021, 51 percent of those surveyed answered that they had heard about the Global Goals. This is an increase of 14 percent since 2018. Photo: Canva.
Of: Linnea Ljungar
Women and highly educated people are more positive about development aid than other groups in Sweden, and more and more people are aware of the UN's 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This is shown by a new survey from the Swedish development assistance authority Sida.
January 3, 2022, News
The countries' agreements during the COP26 climate conference, in particular that on coal power, have received both positive and negative reactions. Image from the Neurath coal power plant in Grevenbroich, Germany. Photo: Catazul. Source: Pixabay.
Of: Alice Eriksson
On 31 October, the 26th UN Climate Conference COP26 kicked off. According to researchers, the meeting was successful after only a few days, while climate activist Greta Thunberg called the meeting a "greenwash festival". And it was not just climate activists who were disappointed when the countries of the world decided to simply reduce coal power instead of phasing it out completely.
December 7, 2021, News