Swedish initiatives promote entrepreneurship in Africa

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

More than 160 dead and thousands arrested after violent protests in Kazakhstan

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

More and more people are aware of the Global Goals

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

COP26: A successful climate conference or a greenwash festival?

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

Gold and green forests - Gabon receives millions in support for sustainability work

"Ali Bongo prefers elephants and trees over people," locals commented on Gabon's president. More than half of all the world's remaining forest elephants live in the country's rainforest and for many inhabitants this means ruined harvests. Photo: Antony Trivet. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Beata Fylkner

When Gabon received money from Norway for its rainforest, the country became historic. After world leaders at the UN climate conference in the autumn promised $ 12 billion to combat deforestation, the model has been revived, but there is concern among locals about the socio-economic consequences of the initiative.

December 3, 2021, News

Ten percent of the world's emissions come from the fashion industry

Protest against the Fast fashion industry in Berlin in September 2019. Photo: Stefan Müller. Source: Flickr.com.

Of: Melanie Alphonse

Since the early 2000s, the fashion industry has produced so-called "fast fashion" - trendy and short-lived garments that are quickly replaced by new trends, and the fashion industry today accounts for about 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. This is the second part of Utvecklingsmagasinet's survey of the back of the clothing industry.

November 24, 2021, News

UN: Peace processes more successful when women are included

In January next year, the UN will hold its fifth conference on the world's least developed countries. The conference will be held in Qatar's capital Doha. In preparation for the conference, the UN invited to the LDC forum in Helsinki in October. Photo: herosdem. Source: Canva.

Of: Ebba Eriksson

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has reduced gender equality in the world and the UN Secretary-General has referred to gender-based violence as the "shadow pandemic". At the UN conference LDC Future Forum in Helsinki, researchers state that women must be included in politics and the labor market if we are to achieve more peaceful, fair and inclusive societies.

October 27, 2021, News

The cornerstone of democracy remains threatened in Tanzania

Experts believe that an authoritarian regime will continue in Tanzania so that Samia Suluhu Hassan, the country's first female president, can gain respect within her own party ahead of the next election. Photo: AFP / Lehtikuva. Source: Flickr.

Of: Ulrika Granlund

In March this year, Samia Suluhu Hassan took office as President of Tanzania. A hope for democracy where freedom of expression would once again be given space was born, but an authoritarian government seems to be advancing - and the expectations of the population are being shattered.

October 22, 2021, News

The Social Democrats focus on solidarity and community, but only in Sweden

Party secretary Lena Rådström Baastad will give the Social Democrats' digital Almedal speech in 2021

Of: Nelika Karimi

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is facing Sweden's first prime ministerial vote. The Social Democrats' Almedal speech takes place just a few hours before Sweden's political fate in the coming year is decided. Party secretary Lena Rådström Baastad, who replaces Prime Minister Löfven, focuses mainly on the welfare state, solidarity and the climate, but only from a Swedish perspective.

July 7, 2021, News