The XNUMX% target is an obstacle to effective development assistance

Of: Helena Anthony

The XNUMX% target leads to more efficient ways of conducting assistance, such as issuing guarantees, being prioritized because they generate few payments and therefore do not contribute to meeting the target. Sida should instead upgrade the guarantee instrument for effective assistance.
- It is becoming increasingly clear that the one percent goal is a black on the foot for effective development assistance activities, says Helena Antoni, responsible for development aid and development issues within the Moderates.

June 23, 2021, Debate

Corruption complicates development cooperation in DR Congo

Joachim Beijmo, Head of Development Aid at the Swedish Embassy in Kinshasa.

Of: Anna Mattsson

Sweden is one of the world's largest donors to the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, the high level of corruption in the country affects development cooperation. Utvecklingsmagasinet has interviewed Joachim Beijmo, head of development assistance at the Swedish embassy in Kinshasa.

February 11, 2021, Interview

How can Swedish authorities make a greater difference to development assistance?

In the Western Balkans today, there is a clear objective to meet the requirements of a functioning public administration with a view to EU membership. Photo: Pixabay.

Of: Númi Östlund

Swedish authorities have for many years been one of the major implementers of bilateral aid in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, but also in Africa and Asia. But the authorities often act in the shadows and there is a lack of studies and evaluations around their work, writes Númi Östlund, investigative secretary at the Expert Group for Development Aid Analysis.

October 1, 2020, Analysis

Does Swedish development assistance need more bureaucracy?

Office workers

Of: Rine Mansouri

Swedish development assistance would become more efficient with more management costs. That is the opinion of a professor of political science in Dagens Nyheter. Another debater advocates a global base income to tackle the economic crisis in the wake of the corona pandemic. And the criticism is harsh against Israel's plans for annexations of the West Bank.

May 28, 2020, Current debate

Mixed view on mixed financing

Aid used to increase private investment is usually called mixed financing. Mats Hårsmar writes about the reactions to a new report on the subject.

Of: Mats Hårsmar

How to get the most possible development effect from international aid - which, despite its size, is a limited resource? So-called mixed financing is a form of development cooperation that donor countries look at differently, writes Mats Hårsmar. He has project-led a new report on the topic from the Expert Group for Development Aid Analysis.

March 10, 2020, Guest chronicle

Do not allow aid to drive the privatization of care and education

Eva Ekelund and Gunilla Axelsson Nycander

Eva Ekelund and Gunnel Axelsson Nycander work at Act Svenska Kyrkan, which has just published a report on development assistance mixed with commercial capital.

Of: Eva Ekelund and Gunnel Axelsson Nycander

Combining development assistance with commercial capital - so-called mixed financing - is an important method of increasing private investment in sustainable development. But there are times when mixed financing is inappropriate. For example, it should not be allowed to influence decisions on privatizations in healthcare and education. This is one of the conclusions in a new report by the Church of Sweden Act.

March 5, 2020, Debate

Sustainable relationships are required in the development work

When working with sustainable development, perseverance in the relationships is required, writes FUF laureate Anna-Karin Gauding.

Of: Anna-Karin Gauding

To succeed in development collaborations, perseverance and sustainable relationships are required. That is one of the conclusions that FUF laureate Anna-Karin Gauding after 35 years of work on sustainable development in Chile. Here she summarizes the laureate lecture she gave in May.

July 11, 2019, Analysis

Dare to invest aid in strengthening institutions

Government Offices in Rosario, Philippines.

Supporting countries' public institutions can be an important path to development, the debaters write. Here are some public offices in Rosario, Philippines. Photo: Ramon FVelasquez (CC-3.0)

Of: Bertil Odén and Lennart Wohlgemuth

Strengthening the knowledge level of low-income countries in both private and public institutions is an important way of creating development. Despite this, this type of assistance has been given less and less space. Now we must dare to invest in capacity and institution building - even if it is difficult, write the development experts Bertil Odén and Lennart Wohlgemuth.

October 26, 2018, Debate

We can not do everything everywhere

Of: Rune Jansen Hagen

For aid to be effective, donors must choose and prioritize what they want to invest in. During the last decade, both Sweden and Norway have tried to reduce the number of countries receiving their aid. Now, however, it seems to be going in the other direction. Rapid political changes risk diluting development aid, writes researcher Rune Jansen Hagen.

March 13, 2018, Debate