Hope for peace in war-torn Ethiopia after ceasefire agreement

For the past two years, the Ethiopian region of Tigray has been plagued by brutal fighting. Now the Ethiopian state and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) have reached a ceasefire. Pictured: A destroyed tank in Edaga Hamus in Tigray, June 2021. Photo: Yan Boechat. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

One of the bloodiest conflicts of the 2000st century has been fought in Ethiopia since November 2020. A solution has seemed far away. But in early November came the surprising announcement that a ceasefire had been reached. Liisa Laakso, Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, explains how the friction between the Ethiopian state and the People's Liberation Front in Tigray led to war - and how they have managed to reach a ceasefire.

December 2, 2022, Interview

Seven million people have fled Venezuela - but the crisis is deprioritised

Almost as many people have fled from Venezuela as from Ukraine, but the crisis in Venezuela receives considerably less resources from the outside world. Photo: Wilfredor. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Vilma Ellemark

Millions of people have been forced to leave both Venezuela and Ukraine. Even so, only 16 percent of the aid response to Venezuelan refugees and migrants has been funded this year, compared to 71 percent of the response to Ukraine. - I don't think people understand how bad the crisis in Venezuela is, says León Poblete, researcher in economics at Uppsala University.

November 23, 2022, Report

Therefore, China and Taiwan are in conflict - and the United States is involved

Tensions between China and Taiwan have reached new levels after the US state visit to Taiwan in August this year. A Chinese invasion of Taiwan looms, and if the US offers military assistance, this would mean an escalation of the conflict. Pictured: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in August 2022. Photo: Makoto Lin. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

After US state visit to Taiwan in August, tensions between Taiwan, China and the United States have increased sharply. Many experts fear a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. The subject has recently been mentioned frequently in the media, but the conflict can be difficult to understand. The development magazine explains the historical background to the conflict and US involvement in it.

October 28, 2022, Development magazine explains

Sexual violence in conflict: “psychological warfare”

Sexual violence in conflict is a serious problem in several countries around the world. The African groups' partner Ondjango Feministas raises awareness of women's rights in Angola. Photo: Sheila Nangue. Source: Ondjango Feministas.

Of: Alice Eriksson

Sexual violence increases in connection with conflict and natural disasters in the world, says Ylva Jonsson Strömberg from the Swedish Red Cross. Several civil society organizations point to the importance of development aid to break the negative trend in the world. 

August 11, 2022, Almedalen - article, Report

New information links the Wagner group to murders in Mali and the Central African Republic

Since 2013, the UN peacekeeping operation Minusma has operated in Mali. Last year, the Russian military company Wagner Group established itself in the country - where they are suspected of war crimes and killing civilians. Photo: Minusma. Source: Flickr.

Of: Linnea Ljungar

The Russian military company Wagner Group has been linked to massacres in which several hundred civilians have died. According to reports, the group is present in several African countries, which creates new concerns about how the group affects security on the African continent. At the same time, there is a positive opinion against Russia and Wagner in parts of Mali.

June 27, 2022, News

Week 20: Sweden's application for NATO membership arouses opposition

The fact that Turkey has demanded that Sweden extradite about 20 Kurds in order for Sweden's NATO application to be accepted has created debate. Among other things, several left-wing parties demand a guarantee from Foreign Minister Ann Linde (S) that no Kurds will be extradited. Photo: NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elise Olsson and Idun Eklind

Sweden's now submitted NATO application and Swedish arms exports have been high on the agenda in the past week. A potential Swedish NATO membership has aroused both criticism and opposition. Partly because the decision was not voted on by the Swedish people, partly because the application has not been welcomed by Turkey.

May 23, 2022, Current debate

Let us not forget the world's biggest humanitarian crisis

For more than seven years, there has been an armed conflict in Yemen and millions of people in the country are in need of humanitarian aid. Today, the fighting is primarily a struggle between the Huthi movement and the country's authorities. Photo: Ibrahim Qasim. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Alva Westlund

While much of the world's attention has been turned to new conflicts and other humanitarian crises, the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is still a fact and far too serious to be forgotten. It writes Alva Westlund, regional administrator for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

May 3, 2022, Debate

Ukraine's 2,7 million disabled people are excluded from humanitarian efforts

Disabled people do not have the opportunity to get to shelters in time during bombings, not least fleeing the country due to mobility impairments, writes Jesper Hansén in Omvärlden. Photo: Aleksey Filippov / UNICEF. Source: Flickr.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

The war in Ukraine has left great traces of destruction and has had serious consequences and changed living conditions for the country's civilian population. A particularly vulnerable group are the approximately 2,7 million Ukrainian residents with disabilities.

April 22, 2022, Notis

Week 15: "Europe's oil and gas kill civilians in Ukraine"

More debaters believe that the EU should stop importing Russian gas. Photo: Giorgio Galeotti. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Ina Carlsson

The past week's debate and leadership pages have been dominated by discussions about how the Western world should handle trade in Russian goods. Debaters have also discussed the financial and food crises that have hit developing countries in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

April 19, 2022, Current debate

Week 14: Debaters critical of aid being used for refugee reception

"If Sweden is to continue to be seen as a pioneering country in development aid, we must be prepared to lead - not by creatively trying to circumvent the main purpose of development aid." Several leaders of Swedish aid organizations write about the government's announcement that Sweden's refugee reception should be able to be deducted from the aid. Pictured: informal settlements in Yemen. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fanny Andersson and Julia Lundén Azzeddine

The leadership continues to be largely dominated by political consequences stemming from Russia's war against Ukraine. But now voices are also beginning to be raised about Swedish development assistance and the need to also focus on other humanitarian issues.

April 11, 2022, Current debate