Of: Nils Traveller
International aid is facing the biggest cut in modern times. The money that today goes to education and health care can soon be eaten up by expensive peacekeeping efforts. To find out what the consequences will be, Blank Spot Project today launches an open review of development assistance, writes journalist Nils Resare.
December 16, 2015, Debate
Of: Agnar Kjeller and Juan Felix Martinez Garcia
Next year, almost a third of the development assistance budget may be used to finance the reception of refugees. In the long run, maybe even more. We want to share the great concern this decision creates for people in Paraguay - one of many countries where Swedish development aid makes crucial differences, write agronomists Juan Felix Martinez Garcia and Agnar Kjeller.
December 10, 2015, Debate
Of: Stefan de Vylder
There is talk today of a refugee crisis, but it is not a crisis for Sweden's public finances. Sweden has good government finances and an excellent location for borrowing. Taking away aid to finance the reception of refugees is both stupid and cynical, writes economist Stefan de Vylder.
November 12, 2015, Debate
Of: Kajsa Johansson
In recent weeks, several aid organizations have protested that the government wants to take more money from the aid to finance refugee reception. They have pointed out that the government pits poor people against each other. But that's not what it's about. It is about which society we want, writes the former aid worker Kajsa Johansson.
November 10, 2015, Debate
Of: Ann Svensén, Anna Hägg-Sjöquist, Annica Sohlström, Bo Forsberg, Daniel Grahn, Eva Christina Nilsson, Gunnel Axelsson Nycander, Johanna Sandahl, Magnus Falklöf, Maria Andersson, Niclas Lindgren and Sofia Walan
Every fifth aid krona is used today to handle refugee reception in Sweden. The fact that the government is now investigating whether it is possible to take additional funds from Swedish development assistance, as much as 60 percent, risks increasing the number of people who are forced to flee. It writes representatives of twelve aid organizations.
November 6, 2015, Debate
Of: Bertil Odén
The Government's budget for 2016 contains ambitious plans for development assistance. The challenge will be to resist the political spinal cord reaction to be involved everywhere and be prepared to downgrade some of the areas, writes aid expert Bertil Odén.
October 8, 2015, Debate
Of: Annica Sohlström and Stone Rylander
Sweden is, after Switzerland, the country within the OECD that erodes aid the most. It is unfortunate that the new government is now signaling that the erosion will continue. Other budget solutions exist and should be discussed, write Sten Rylander and Annica Solhström from Forum Syd.
October 20, 2014, Debate