Criticism of Swedish development assistance has been harsh on the opinion pages in the past week. But several have also gone on the defensive.
Of: Erica Fahlström
Revelations about corruption and proposals from the Moderates about a reduced aid budget. This has made the debate about Swedish development assistance hot over the past week. Criticism of the lack of control is met with arguments that aid is needed - precisely to fight corruption. "It is simply not the case that countries with lower aid budgets have better aid," writes Anna Tibblin from We Effect in Svenska Dagbladet.
September 11, 2019, Current debate
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
Photo: Aleksandr Ledogorov, Unsplash
Of: Isabella Lövin
The Green Party stands for a large and effective aid where the resources benefit the most vulnerable people. International development cooperation is vital, at the same time as the work for a sustainable world cannot and should not depend on development aid. All parts of society must deliver if we are to succeed, writes the Green Party's spokesperson Isabella Lövin.
August 20, 2018, Debate
Photo: Håkan Dahlström, FI, WikimediaCommons
Of: Jaime Gomez et al.
Feminist initiative advocates global justice and decolonization. We must challenge today's world order where the global north uses the global south. We want international cooperation to take place with mutual respect between equal parties and for the one percent target to be met without setting off costs for refugee reception in Sweden. It writes Jaime Gomez, Mats Ekenger and Maria Persson from the Feminist Initiative.
June 13, 2018, Debate
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
Photo: Politicians' Week in Almedalen, Flickr
Of: Yasmine Posio Nilsson
The goal of the Left Party is a fair world order where common resources exist for all of us, not just for a few. That is why we want to pursue a policy where power and resources are redistributed, where women are included in all forms of decision-making processes and where at least one percent of Sweden's gross national income goes to development assistance, writes Member of Parliament Yasmine Posio Nilsson.
May 28, 2018, 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: Karin Lange (Wohlin)
The 1965% target is a disbursement target that prevents the implementation of a responsible disbursement policy. Where is the upper limit for how much money Sida can handle? The political parties should start discussing alternatives to the 1995% target and stop the automaticity of the increase in development aid. This is what Karin Lange (Wohlin) writes, who recently compiled her experiences in the publication "Page from the inside - Memories and thoughts about aid XNUMX - XNUMX"
March 6, 2014, Debate