The bureaucracy contains some of the most important ingredients of development cooperation

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Knowledge exchange is often more important than the money that is conveyed within development cooperation, writes Inge Gerremo. Photo: Kyle Gese

Of: Inge Gerremo

Expert knowledge and knowledge exchanges are fundamental for a functioning development collaboration. Prioritizing it to reduce aid bureaucracy is both stupid and short-sighted. Then it will be difficult to navigate in our complex world, says Inge Gerremo who has 50 years of experience working with Swedish development assistance.

June 23, 2020, Debate

Aid bureaucracy - so much more than "administration"

Administration and Daniel Tarschys

Administration and administration are often devalued in Swedish development assistance, writes political scientist Daniel Tarschys. Photo: Piqsels and http://politik.in2pic.com (CC BY-SA)

Of: Daniel Tarschys

Cutting back on aid administration has long been seen as a virtue. On the contrary, more expertise and analysis can be crucial for effective aid. It shows a new study by political scientist Daniel Tarschys for the Expert Group for Development Aid Analysis.

June 9, 2020, Guest chronicle

Sweden's international solidarity is being tested again

Four debaters from the Feminist Initiative think that Sweden's policy for international cooperation is a measure of where the dividing lines go between the parties. Photo: Pexels and Håkan Dahlström

Of: Jaime Gomez, Mats Ekenger, Olle Vennergrund and Saga Tullgren

Sweden's policy for international cooperation is in turmoil. On the one hand, the goal of a percentage of the country's GNI going to development aid is being questioned, and on the other hand, the development assistance budget is being eroded through redistributions - right now to efforts against the corona pandemic. Feminist initiatives are strongly critical of this.

June 2, 2020, Debate

Criticism of aid continues on Swedish opinion pages

In recent months, Sida and Swedish development assistance have received harsh criticism on Swedish opinion pages.

Of: Amanda Wibne Romild

The debate about corruption and poor control of Swedish development assistance continues in Swedish newspapers. Svenska dagbladet's guest writer demands an aid preparation and the Sweden Democrats demand clearer demands for aid recipients. At the same time, other debaters are expressing concern about increased opposition to sexual rights in many countries around the world.

November 14, 2019, Current debate

Turkey and the aid budget in focus in the debate

Sweden's and the EU's relationship with Turkish President Erdogan has been on the agenda this week. It also has the Swedish development assistance budget. Photo: Russia Presidential Office and Maria Eklind

Of: Rebecka Rönnegård

Turkey's offensive in northern Syria characterizes the Swedish debate this week as well. More people have been forced to flee, which has created humanitarian needs. The Swedish government and the EU have been criticized for not doing enough. In addition, the debate on the size of the development assistance budget continued.

October 23, 2019, Current debate

EU power over food and the Middle East

Jerusalem EU

The EU has a unique role to play in contributing to lasting peace in Israel and Palestine, writes a number of former ministers.

Of: Ravneet Singh

How the EU pursues its policy in the Middle East can be crucial to the possibility of achieving peace between Israel and Palestine. It writes a long line of former foreign ministers and heads of government in a debate article. At the same time, attention is being paid to the EU's new rules on food imports.

April 17, 2019, Current debate

Reduced aid is causing outrage

Magdalena Andersson

The spring budget presented by Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson created outrage in the development aid world.

Of: Mona Monasar

The government's decision to take SEK 700 million from the development assistance budget provoked outrage among many organizations this week. At the same time, the debate about the children of IS terrorists in Syria continued. Who is responsible for the children? asked several debaters.

April 12, 2019, Current debate

EU assistance should not be used for defense purposes

Police car checks the border between Ungen and Serbia.

The EU aid budget may be increasingly financed by EU border controls, believes debater Bodil Valero. Photo: Bőr Benedek (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Bodil Valero

Tomorrow, the EU will vote to merge several different programs for financing foreign and development cooperation. This can shift the focus from poverty reduction to safeguarding the EU's own interests. EU aid money should not go to defense purposes or to stop refugees at the borders, writes environmentalist Bodil Valero.

March 26, 2019, Debate

Assistance with a focus on the most vulnerable

Photo: Johan Wessman, News Øresund, flikr

Of: Julia Kronlid

The Sweden Democrats want to see aid with a clear focus on poverty reduction and that the best interests of the children should be at the center. In addition to general humanitarian aid, we want to invest SEK 10 billion of the aid budget in refugee aid in the immediate area of ​​various crises. It writes Member of Parliament Julia Kronlid.

June 28, 2018, Debate