Swedish companies are fueling corruption in developing countries

Buildings in Arenastaden in Solna, Stockholm, where the headquarters of many large companies are located - including Telias. Photo: Kaj Schmidt. Source: Flickr.

Of: Villemo Warnerfjord

The western world must help so-called "failed states" to build democratic societies and fight corruption - at the same time as large western companies fertilize it and are involved in extensive corruption scandals.

November 19, 2021, Analysis

Colombian protests against government

Human Rights Defenders and ESMAD police in Medellín. Colombian national protests have been going on since April. Photo: Humano Salvaje, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Of: María Alejandra Moreno Jaramillo

In April the biggest protests in the modern history of Colombia took place. Since then there have been over 3000 cases of police brutality and 43 victims of homicides committed by the police. People protest against a whole system that does not protect life but privatizes and sectorizes it. Finding peace is something that can not wait any longer. Action needs to be taken now, argues María Alejandra Moreno Jaramillo, project leader for Multicultural Sweden.

May 28, 2021, Magazine, Opinion

Reduce the development assistance budget and follow up on taxpayers' money

Of: Andreas Celan

Several cases of failed aid projects show that Sida cannot ensure that the aid money goes where it is supposed to. For this reason, the development assistance budget should be reduced and a larger part of the development assistance money will go to making the necessary investments in Sweden, says Andreas Celan, the Moderate Youth Association in Uppsala.

February 26, 2021, Debate

Corruption complicates development cooperation in DR Congo

Joachim Beijmo, Head of Development Aid at the Swedish Embassy in Kinshasa.

Of: Anna Mattsson

Sweden is one of the world's largest donors to the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, the high level of corruption in the country affects development cooperation. Utvecklingsmagasinet has interviewed Joachim Beijmo, head of development assistance at the Swedish embassy in Kinshasa.

February 11, 2021, Interview

No poverty? Let's start with no corruption!

Money on world map

If poverty in the world is to be combated, we must deal with the thousands of billions of kronor that disappear every year in corruption, writes Natali Engstam Phalén at the Institute Against Bribery.

Of: Natali Engstam Phalén

Every year, approximately SEK 35 billion is lost in corruption around the world. That is more than the sum that is now missing to achieve all the global goals in Agenda 000. If we seriously want to eradicate poverty, corruption must be raised higher on the sustainability agenda, writes Institut Mot Mutor.

February 19, 2020, Debate

Protesters in Iraq demand peace

In recent weeks, thousands of people have demonstrated in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: Ali Hilal

Of: Mirjam Karim

In recent weeks, thousands of people have taken to the streets and demonstrated in Iraq. The people are protesting against corruption and for peace. Iraqi security forces have met with protesters with gunfire and tear gas.

November 27, 2019, News

Criticism of aid continues on Swedish opinion pages

In recent months, Sida and Swedish development assistance have received harsh criticism on Swedish opinion pages.

Of: Amanda Wibne Romild

The debate about corruption and poor control of Swedish development assistance continues in Swedish newspapers. Svenska dagbladet's guest writer demands an aid preparation and the Sweden Democrats demand clearer demands for aid recipients. At the same time, other debaters are expressing concern about increased opposition to sexual rights in many countries around the world.

November 14, 2019, Current debate

Swedish aid in the hot air after reports of corruption

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

Abolish aid for reform work in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The flags are waving outside Parliament in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The flags are waving outside Parliament in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The corruption among the country's politicians is great. Photo: Jennifer Boyer (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Andreas Celan

Sweden provides SEK 150 million in aid every year to bring Bosnia & Herzegovina closer to EU accession. There's money in the lake. The money should instead go to poverty reduction - directly to the people, writes Andreas Celan in the Moderate Youth Association.

March 1, 2019, Debate