Climate movement awakens sleepy German city

Demonstration in Konstanz, Germany.

In Konstanz, Germany, many have become involved in the climate movement Fridays for Future. Photo: Pauline af Ekenstam.

Of: Pauline of Ekenstam

Fridays for Future, the climate movement started by Greta Thunberg, is spreading all over the world. The movement calls on politicians to stage responsible environmental and energy reforms, and in Konstanz the local initiative has aroused an otherwise sleepy city to great commitment.

April 29, 2019, FUF-correspondents

This is how metaphors can increase confidence in aid organizations

MSF in Bangladesh

MSF often uses metaphors in its communication. It gives confidence, according to a research study by Anna Vogel. Photo: Elena Di Natale

Of: Anna Vogel

How aid organizations communicate with politicians and the public is important - both to gain trust and funding. My study of Doctors Without Borders shows that everyday metaphors are an important tool for success, writes linguist Anna Vogel.

April 23, 2019, Debate

Collective initiatives for a culture of welcome: A Europe saying Yes to immigration

Manifestation to welcome refugees.

There are a lot of volunteers and NGOs working to welcome refugees all around Europe. Photo: Ilias Bartolini (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Pauline of Ekenstam

By including a wide variety of supporters of different professions, ethnicities, and political and religious convictions, the German campaign 'Save Me - A City Says Yes' manages to reach beyond the usual refugee advocates.

March 27, 2019, FUF-correspondents

No peace in Afghanistan without the voices of the people

Street in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan must be allowed to take part in the peace work. Otherwise, there will be no pourable peace, the debater writes.

Of: Andreas Stefansson

After almost 40 years of war, peace agreements may be close in Afghanistan. But achieving real peace requires more than a signed paper. Sustainable peace presupposes local anchoring and meaningful inclusion of the civilian population, writes Andreas Stefansson at the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

March 12, 2019, Debate

Dare to give smart aid, new government

Stefan Löfven, Peter Eriksson and Margot Wallström

In the agreement with the Center Party and the Liberals, the new government has, among other things, promised a feminist foreign policy. Photo: Collage / Kristian Pohl, Government Offices

Of: Magnus Walan

Happily, the new government retains the one percent target, continues with a feminist foreign policy and makes a democracy offensive in development aid. But it is important not to start from simplified analyzes. Diakonia's Magnus Walan writes about how the new government should navigate development aid and development policy in 2019.

January 30, 2019, Debate

We feel rejected from the climate summit

The youth organization Push Sweden was present at COP24 last week. But they did not feel very welcome.

Of: Madeleine Norman and Saga Jonsson

Civil society's participation in the climate summit in Poland, COP24, has been met with reluctance and disinterest. It has been difficult to get housing, access to the negotiations and even to enter the country for some. The politicians' reluctance to listen is clear, even though it is our future they are endangering, writes the youth organization PUSH Sweden.

December 13, 2018, Debate

The individual's freedom must be a matter of course, everywhere

Photo: Hamid Ershad Sarabi, WikiMediaCommons

Of: Kerstin Lundgren

Individuals' freedom to decide over their own lives forms the basis of the world the Center Party wants to see. That is why we stand up for the XNUMX% target in development aid, prioritize the poorest countries and want more money to go to local actors who know their communities. Local and equal participation is crucial for development, writes the Center Party's foreign policy spokesperson Kerstin Lundgren.

June 11, 2018, Debate