Investment in cultivation to preserve peace in Liberia: "Can solve many problems"

Limited international support does not stop the organization United Youth for Peace and Sustainable Development from making a difference. Here several of the organization's members can be seen tilling the land to enable the cultivation of, among other things, eddoes, ginger and pepper. Photo: Aaron PF Ballah.

Of: Adam hansen

Just over two decades since Liberia's second civil war ended, the country has made great strides progress in economic growth and democracy. In the center we find a driven, young generation that does everything to preserve peace in the country – including through agriculture.  
- The young generation bears full responsibility for Liberia's future. We can solve many of today's problems if we use the potential of agriculture, he says Aaron PF God, program manager at the civil society organization UYPASD. 

May 20, 2024, Report

The EU is torn between its farmers and support for Ukraine

Margarethe (left) and Alice (right) are both beef farmers from the Netherlands. They have gathered in Brussels with other farmers to demonstrate against the EU's free trade agreement with Ukraine. Image: Jakob Kerren.

Of: Jakob Kerren

Intensive peasant protests has put EU politicians under pressure. The farmers are angry about the Union's free trade agreement with third countries. The problem is only that one of the the countries are Ukraine - who need every penny in the war against Russia.  

May 13, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

The fight for the white gold in South America: "Will fight for the resources"

The world's largest lithium reserves are found in the so-called lithium triangle in South America. China's influence over the continent is increasing – among other things, by the country investing in the extraction of minerals. Pictured: Lithium mine in Jujuy province, Argentina. Photo: Earthworks. Source: Flickr.

Of: Daniel Diaz

In step with the green transition and the increased production of electric cars, the world is hungry for the "white gold" - lithium. Latin America could become a geopolitical projection surface as economic superpowers fight over access to lithium, and this could have consequences for both the environment and people.

January 29, 2024, Development magazine explains

The OECD's proposal for a global tax to reduce inequality is met with criticism

Global minimum tax of 15 percent and that companies must pay tax to a greater extent where their goods are consumed. It is proposed by the OECD to equalize economic inequality in the world. But several steps remain before the proposal can become a reality. Photo: OECD. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elin Prestgaard

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has developed suggestions new, global tax rules with the aim of reducing tax planning and equalizing global gaps in the world. The proposal has been criticized both for being too far-reaching and a paper product that will not have sufficient effect. In October the government submitted a bill to the Riksdag on the proposal, which is proposed to be implemented in Swedish law the material moisture meter shows you the January 1, 2024.  

December 22, 2023, Development magazine explains

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

Trade and aid: "Returns don't always come in the form of money"

"Trade and aid are two sides of the same coin," says Aid and Foreign Trade Minister Johan Forssell (M) (right in picture). However, the Africa groups' secretary general Louise Lindfors (on the left in the picture) is worried that aid will become a subgroup of trade issues. Photo: FUF.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

Earlier this year, the government presented the changes to be made in aid policy - and a central part is to work more closely with trade and aid. This focus has väckt strong reactions, not least within civil societyället. - Man cannot believe that there will be a market economy model that seamlessly går to apply to development cooperation, sägst Louise Lindfors, general secretary at Athe free food groups.

July 12, 2023, Report

Global trend with a higher retirement age - but the majority in France is against it

In the spring, millions of people in France protested against Macron's presidential reform - despite the fact that the new retirement age in the country, 64, is still lower than the global average. Pictured: Police officers prepare for the arrival of the demonstration train in Bordeaux. Photo: Vendela Hammarbäck.

Of: Vendela Permat's Hammarbäck

Since January of this year, the French population has protested against a political reform that raises the retirement age in the country from 62 to 64 years, despite the fact that the global average retirement age is 65 years. However, it was want to themselves the increase of pensionsthe age that most angered the French population, but the way the bill passed—by the French government bypassed the French Assemblée Nationale to get the proposal through.

May 10, 2023, Report

New hiking trail to promote tourism and outdoor life in Armenia

Despite the beautiful nature of Armenia, the country is not yet an obvious destination for outdoor tourism. Photo: Tom Allen, Transcaucasian Trail Armenia.

Of: Sara Lannebo

In mountainous Armenia, a new hiking trail will promote tourism, environmental protection and young leadership. The project, which goes by the name Transcaucasian Trail (TCT), has as a vision to tie the three together South Caucasian the countries of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Development magazine has interviewed ashot Davtyan, project manager for TCT, about the challenges and opportunities the project faces.

April 25, 2023, FUF-correspondents, Interview

Infrastructure and climate adaptations promote women's work in Kenya

Diversification, i.e. having several different income-generating activities, is vital for many poor women in rural Kenya. Various actors should therefore take measures to promote diversification. That's what Ella Ihre, master's student in rural development and natural resource management at SLU, writes in a guest analysis. Photo: Ella Ihre. Location: Kitui, Kenya.

Of: Ella Ihre

Att have several income-generating activities have become an increasingly important survival strategy for women in rural Kenya. Improved infrastructure, climate adaptations and self-help groups can promote women's work and thus their own livelihood.

December 13, 2022, Guest analysis

Lula da Silva's win could be a new but difficult direction for Brazil

Brazil's new president, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, has promised to stop the deforestation of the Amazon and fight poverty in the country. But he faces extensive challenges during his presidency. Photo: Alexander Bonilla. Source: Flickr.

Of: Liljan Daoud

On October 30, the Brazilian election results showed that the country is moving in a new direction with the presidential candidate Squid Da Silva at the head. But att change direction for the country after four years under right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaros rule may be more difficult than expected a new economic reality.

December 8, 2022, Development magazine explains