Gender equality essential to eradicate hunger

Of: Kawinzi Muiu

Gender equality and the elimination of hunger are closely linked. Women and girls play a crucial role in rural development, but are hindered by structural barriers. Working with a gender perspective in conflict situations increases the effectiveness of development assistance efforts. That is why it is important to put women and gender equality at the center of humanitarian aid and development cooperation, writes Kawinzi Muiu, director of the gender department at the UN's World Food Program (WFP).

April 16, 2018, Debate

Sweden should support the UN's work for the rights of smallholders

Of: Karin Ericsson, Torgny Östling and Zarah Östman Pitulaga

Take almost any country in the world and it is the people in the countryside who are exposed to the most human rights violations. Since 2012, the UN has wanted to produce a declaration that would enable the drafting of specific and necessary laws to protect this group. This week, the UN gathers again, but Sweden is still passive, several debaters write.

May 16, 2017, Debate

The fight for rights cannot be won by military means

Of: Anna Karin Johansson

Despite good intentions, the Western world has not achieved security and development in Afghanistan. One reason for this is that most of the financial support has gone to military operations. In addition, cooperation with the military has damaged the credibility of civilian aid actors, writes Anna-Karin Johansson, Secretary General of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, in connection with the ongoing Afghanistan investigation.

June 2, 2016, Debate

We should know before we do when climate aid increases

Of: Erin Sills, Eskil Mattsson, Gunnar Köhlin, Madeleine Ostwald and Subhrendu K. Pattanayak

Climate assistance has the opportunity to simultaneously reduce climate effects and fight poverty. However, securing the dual effects requires more and better evaluations of development assistance. It is written by five researchers who publish today a report on the effects of climate aid for the Expert Group for Aid Analysis.

March 21, 2016, Debate

Reductions in Swedish development assistance could affect smallholders in Paraguay

Of: Agnar Kjeller and Juan Felix Martinez Garcia

Next year, almost a third of the development assistance budget may be used to finance the reception of refugees. In the long run, maybe even more. We want to share the great concern this decision creates for people in Paraguay - one of many countries where Swedish development aid makes crucial differences, write agronomists Juan Felix Martinez Garcia and Agnar Kjeller.

December 10, 2015, Debate

Wrong focus when we set the road construction towards new schools

Of: Annie Sturinge (f. Sturesson)

Build roads and hydropower plants or raise teachers' salaries and invest more money in healthcare? In Uganda, the government and donors have different views on what to prioritize. But the debate about priorities and budget shares risks missing the real core question - how the state should implement its budget, writes Annie Sturesson who works at the Ministry of Finance in Uganda.

June 1, 2015, Debate

Reply: Organizations are forced to spend money on consultants

With the report "Who is Responsible", we want to focus on donors' excessive control and scrutiny systems in civil society support, which risk counteracting the ambitions to strengthen civil society, promote the development of democracy and fight poverty. Arne Zetterström's reply seems to be about support for governments, which our report is not about. It writes Maj Lis Follér, associate professor at the University of Gothenburg

December 10, 2013, Debate

Extreme poverty can be fought - now!

Of: Olof Hesselmark

With its investment in subsidies, fertilizers and seeds for poor farmers, Malawi has shown that hunger and poverty can be combated effectively if only the will exists. The Western world's view that subsidies disrupt the market and that fertilizers lead to eutrophication is not true in Africa because the increased production goes to self-sufficiency and that the fertilizers do not have to be concentrated as much as in Europe. That is the opinion of Olof Hesselmark, a retired economist and computer scientist.

December 6, 2011, Debate