Debaters stand up for protesters in Georgia after new 'Russian law'

During the past week, several debaters have commented on the new "Russian law" in Georgia and the demonstrations against it. Photo: Der Fuchs. Source: Wikipedia/Creative Commons.

Of: Adam hansen

The new "ryuck-friendly" sheet and the mass demonstrations i Georgia has awakened reactions på the opinion pages i Sweden. The debaters baker including of to EU borders make sea for to support the Georgian people and to the material moisture meter shows you the svenska governmentens increased assistance to country borders to be en "sobering up" ford applies Sweden roll i World.  

May 20, 2024, Current debate

Week 13: Criticism from several quarters against cuts in Swedish aid

Several debaters are critical of the government's restructuring of Swedish aid. Pictured (left): Minister for Development and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell (M). Photo: UN Photo/Jean Marc Ferré. Source: Flickr. Pictured (right): Site's logo. Photo: Holger Ellgaard. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Adam hansen

Government restructuring of det Swedisha up tothe tooth and Sida's announcement that the authority will terminate the agreements with several organizations gainr big consequences, say several debaters. De points out that this including affectr human rights defenseare and organizations fighting for international law in Israel and Palestine.

April 2, 2024, Current debate

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

Unique knowledge of what is happening in Vietnam - the country that was the Ukraine of the 60s

Jan Bjerninger, freelance writer and former head of Sida's Asia department, reviews the two books "Vietnam – a subjective view" and "Vietnam. Navigating a Rapidly Changing Economy, Society, and Political Order". He believes that they provide a unique knowledge of Vietnam's development and how the country looks today. Photo: manhhai. Source: Flickr.

Of: Jan Bjerninger

Poverty has been radically reduced in Vietnam, but the lack of open discussion and political pluralism is hampering development in what was once one of the biggest recipients of Swedish aid. Two new books provide a unique knowledge of Vietnam, its present and possible future. It writes Jan Bjerninger, freelance writer and former head of Sida's Asia department. 

December 22, 2023, Review

Week 49: "The future doesn't have to be like Planet of the Apes"

Climate change and the COP28 climate meeting in Dubai have characterized the past week's debate. Photo: Roschetzkylstockphoto. Source: Getty Images/Canva.

Of: Ina Carlsson

During da past week has the other one the week of the UN climate summit COP28 got off the ground. Done has been mirrored on Swedish opinionssidor, where, among other things, trading in emissions rights and demands for increasing use of biofuel in the aviation industry have been debated. Also behovet of a transfer of responsibility from the individual and the individual consumer to system level has is lifted. 

December 11, 2023, Current debate

Swedish aid to Palestine must not end up with terrorists

It is necessary to pause the Swedish development aid and carry out a review of the organizations to which the aid goes. There must not even be a suspicion that Swedish aid directly or indirectly goes to organizations that support terrorist activities, writes Gudrun Brunegård (KD). Photo: Israel Defense Forces/Flickr.

Of: Gudrun Brunegård

For a few years, the majority of Sweden's development aid to Palestine goes to civil society organizations that support democracy and freedom, human rights and peaceful coexistence. Sida has now been tasked with conducting a review of aid to Palestine. It must be beyond doubt that the organizations that receive Swedish aid stand for democracy, peace and tolerance and do not have collusion with or leak money to terrorist organizations. This is written by Gudrun Brunegård, the Christian Democrats' aid policy spokesperson.

October 30, 2023, Debate

Stopping aid to Palestine worsens the situation for civilians

"Palestine needs more development aid, not less." This is written by the Green Party's spokesperson for aid issues, Janine Alm Ericson, after the government's decision to pause development aid to Palestine. Photo: Wafa. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Janine Alm Ericson

These are terrible scenes we have seen from Israel and Palestine in recent weeks. With sadness and anger, we witness how civilians in Palestine and Israel pay the price with their lives for a cynical power game. But cutting off aid to Palestine doesn't stop Hamas - it hurts innocent Palestinians and exacerbates an already inhumane situation. It pwrites Janine Alm Ericson, of the Green Party spokesperson for aid issues. 

October 18, 2023, Debate

Week 41: Debate on Sweden's recognition of Palestine

Bombings are taking place in several places in both Israel and Palestine in the conflicts between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas. The escalated conflict has been discussed among several Swedish debaters and editorial writers during the past week. Photo: Wafa. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Ellinor Berglund

Den latest of the time The development of violence in Israel and Palestine has probably not gone unnoticed. Israel has declared war on the terrorist organization Hamas and thousands of civilian lives have been claimed on both sides. On Swedish debate- and leader pager have debates above all shopped om Sweden's aid to Palestine and om Sweden should dra back his seat recognition of Palestine or not 

October 16, 2023, Current debate

Week 39: Debate on research money after the outbreak of African swine fever

Researchers are critical of the government's cuts in research aid, and during the past week, Sweden's minister of aid and foreign trade, Johan Forssell (M), responded to the criticism. "The prioritization takes place in the light of a greatly deteriorated external situation," he writes. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Governingskansliet.

Of: Elin Prestgaard and Ina Carlsson

The Swedish government has recently presented the city budget for 2024. Aid is facing major changes with an increased focus on Ukraine and trade, while including the support for researchsbistand is decreasing – which has provoked reactions from academia.

October 2, 2023, Current debate

Split opinions on conditional aid

According to the Tidö Agreement, which was concluded between the government and the Sweden Democrats in October 2022, Swedish aid must be a tool to counter irregular migration. Pictured: Tidö Castle and Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: Aplstedt/News Øresund. Source: Wikimedia municipality.

Of: Karin Myrdal

Dropped one percent target, withdrawn research funds for development studies and synergies between trade and aid. That's how it has sounded so far this year when the Tidö parties' reform agenda for Swedish aid policy has started to take shape. Critical voices have been raised both from civil society and from the political oppthe osition – not least that reaction to the proposal to use aid as a means of pressure to increase return migration from Sweden. 

July 12, 2023, Report