The development magazine

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The standard of living is falling in 90 percent of the world's countries

The combined effects of climate change, the corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine are putting pressure on the standard of living in the world. The UNDP's annual report warns that human development has deteriorated in nine out of ten countries in the world. South Sudan is one of them.

Of: Sandra Duru, December 6, 2022


Why including women in discussions about water resources is so important

Access to safe water and sanitation has been recognized as both a basic human right under international law and an important objective for the international community through its inclusion in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Equitable access to water contributes to the achievement of key objectives, including gender equality, climate resilience, and peace and security.

Of: Florien van Weerelt and Isabella Olsson, December 1, 2022

Current debate

Week 47: Debater on the scrapping of the one percent target: "Spiritless"

The dropping of Sweden's one percent target for aid has been debated in several Swedish media over the past week. The protests in Iran have continued to be the subject of debate, for example when Ardalan Shekarabi (S) said that Sweden's government should tighten the sanctions against the country.

Of: Fredrik Govenius, November 29, 2022

Development magazine explains

The conflict between Rwanda and Congo-Kinshasa - this has happened

In recent months, tensions between Congo-Kinshasa and Rwanda have increased. The rebel group M23 has forced hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee in the eastern part of Congo-Kinshasa. Rwanda is accused of its denial of sponsoring the rebels, but the conflict between the countries has roots far back in time.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt, November 28, 2022


Researchers criticize Rwanda's commemoration period: 'Worried about large-scale violence'

After the genocide in 1994, Rwanda has been praised by the outside world for its, above all economic, recovery. But new research reveals several troubling aspects of the country's annual commemoration period. Rwandans are forced to remember the genocide in exactly the ways of thinking that caused the genocide - that one ethnic group is superior to another, according to researcher Gretchen Baldwin. And she believes that it is a way for the government to maintain power.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt, November 25, 2022


Seven million people have fled Venezuela - but the crisis is deprioritised

Millions of people have been forced to leave both Venezuela and Ukraine. Even so, only 16 percent of the aid response to Venezuelan refugees and migrants has been funded this year, compared to 71 percent of the response to Ukraine.
- I don't think people understand how bad the crisis in Venezuela is, says León Poblete, researcher in economics at Uppsala University.

Of: Vilma Ellemark, November 23, 2022

Current debate

Week 46: Debaters criticize Sweden's climate policy and new constitutional amendment

The UN climate summit in Egypt has raised questions about Sweden's climate policy and responsibility internationally. Several debaters also criticize the Swedish constitutional amendment on foreign espionage, which they believe makes it more difficult to review international collaborations. 

Of: Sandra Duru and Vilma Ellemark, November 23, 2022

Current debate

Week 45: Debaters critical of Sweden's NATO negotiations with Turkey

The meeting between Turkish President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) in Ankara regarding Sweden's NATO application has been hotly debated over the past week. The UN climate conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh has drawn sharp criticism against the Egyptian government.

Of: Lilljan Daoud and Matida Jaiteh, November 15, 2022


The real debate about aid has been forgotten

Before the election, I felt that global issues have been absent from the political debate in Sweden. The climate debate was more about nuclear power plants than about the consequences of climate change, and now Sweden's one percent target has been scrapped.

Of: Karin Sjöstrand, November 14, 2022


After the floods in Pakistan: "The disaster is man-made"

November is the time of year when many farmers plant wheat. Dilawar Chandio is one of many farmers in Pakistan's Sindh province who don't know if the water from the summer's devastating floods will have receded by then. 

Of: Sidra Amir, November 11, 2022