Promoting local democracy: "Must make your voice heard"

In November, the International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD) concluded the 2022 round of the Women's Leadership Program. The final workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda. In the picture, this year's participants can be seen together with the Swedish politicians who through Sweden's Municipalities and Regions (SKR) are mentors in the program, as well as Rwanda's Minister for Gender Equality Jeannette Bayisenge and Sweden's ambassador to Rwanda Johanna Teague. Photo: ICLD.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt

Every year, the International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD) organizes a leadership program for women in local political positions of power in low- and middle-income countries. The aim is to strengthen women in their leadership role to contribute to the development of local democracy. Development magazine has interviewed Anne Scheffer Leander, responsible for the program, about how the promotion of local democracy actually works in practice.  

January 23, 2023, 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

Sweden in unique global cooperation for gender equality

Two global forums are taking place this year to promote gender equality. Photo: Montanasuffragettes, Wikimedia Commons

Of: Jennie Aradszky

One year later than planned, the global gathering Generation Equality Forum took place in Mexico City. For three days, representatives from governments, companies and civil society gathered to develop concrete action plans to achieve gender equality, which will have effects within five years. Sweden has played an active role as a leader of a focus group on economic equality within the forum.

April 21, 2021, News

Environmentally friendly grills give women economic autonomy in Kenya

Rachel Mwamghuda's daughter Serena 5 years old can go to school thanks to the jiko project in Kenya. Photo: Jan-Åke Thorell

Of: Jan-Åke Thorell

Cooking in Kenya takes up a lot of time. Most people use charcoal, which is also costly and dangerous to health. But a new project with environmentally friendly stoves in Kenya could be the solution. The savings can pay the school fee for a child for a whole year.

- It is absolutely fantastic, says Rachel Mwamghuda in Voi, Kenya.

December 17, 2018, FUF-correspondents

Development - so much more than numbers and economic growth

Of: Nikolina Stålhand

I understand that it is important for donors, taxpayers and other funders of aid and development projects to be able to see a measurable difference in the money spent. Despite this, it can sometimes be difficult to quantitatively measure all types of change. Social aspects such as increased self-confidence, mental support or new friends may not always […]

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June 11, 2018, FUF-correspondents