Concluding remarks: Wastefulness does not lift anyone out of poverty

Of: Andreas Celan and John Manders

In a reply to my article (FUF 26/2) about the many shortcomings of development assistance, SSU's chairman Pavlos Cavelier Bizas writes that Swedish development assistance is needed more than ever and that the 1% target must be defended. A goal that is almost to be regarded as a holy cow in Swedish political debate. Leaving this principle that the development assistance budget should be designed as a predetermined share of the state budget unchallenged is at best wasteful and at worst directly counterproductive to achieving the goals the development assistance is intended to meet, say Andreas Celan and John Manders from the Moderate Youth Association.

March 23, 2021, Debate

Reply: Swedish aid is needed more than ever

Of: Pavlos Cavelier Bizas

MUF Uppsala County's second vice chairman Andreas Celan argues that the Swedish development assistance budget needs to be reduced with reference to the fact that the money is not used efficiently and goes to corruption. We at SSU are of a different opinion: the development assistance budget should not be reduced and the 1% target should be defended, writes Pavlos Cavelier Bizas, chairman of SSU Uppland.

March 18, 2021, Debate

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

"Sweden's climate goals threatened by electricity shortage"

In the past week, the shortage of electricity in Sweden has attracted attention. Photo: Pixabay.

Of: Hillevi Axelsson

In the past week, the issue of Sweden's electricity shortage has been debated. To avoid future electricity shortages, the electricity supply needs to be secured. A secure electricity supply is also necessary to achieve the climate goals, writes Susanna Silfverskiöld in Svenska Dagbladet.

October 15, 2020, Current debate

Can Sweden's aid become more effective?

save the planet

The left wants to see climate-proof cities as a measure to save the climate. Photo:

Of: Rine Mansouri

After the budget bill 2021 was presented, there has been extensive discussion about how Sweden's development assistance can be improved and whether the climate issue should be given more priority. Human rights in Belarus and Myanmar have also been raised during the week.

October 8, 2020, Current debate

Sweden's international solidarity is being tested again

Four debaters from the Feminist Initiative think that Sweden's policy for international cooperation is a measure of where the dividing lines go between the parties. Photo: Pexels and Håkan Dahlström

Of: Jaime Gomez, Mats Ekenger, Olle Vennergrund and Saga Tullgren

Sweden's policy for international cooperation is in turmoil. On the one hand, the goal of a percentage of the country's GNI going to development aid is being questioned, and on the other hand, the development assistance budget is being eroded through redistributions - right now to efforts against the corona pandemic. Feminist initiatives are strongly critical of this.

June 2, 2020, Debate

Let us create a decade of solidarity

Nick Doggen

Nick Doggen is the international secretary of Green Youth.

Of: Nick Doggen

Within ten years, we will eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequalities and injustices, promote peace and justice, and resolve the climate crisis. Achieving the global goals and Agenda 2030 is a huge challenge. We in Green Youth have always fought for a greener and fairer world. But in order to achieve the global goals, everyone must be involved - and those who have the most resources must shoulder the greatest responsibility.

March 27, 2020, Debate

Do not disappoint children and young people on the run

Children and Emelie Weski

A large proportion of migrants at the EU border are children. Sweden must take its responsibility and protect them, writes Emelie Weski. Photo: Pixabay and Joakim Lindgren

Of: Emelie Weski

Jimmie Åkesson distributes leaflets in Turkey, Ulf Kristersson poses in hunting clothes and Stefan Löfven waits for help. At the same time, children and young people are being shelled at EU borders. Now Sweden must take its responsibility and help the children who need our protection, writes Emelie Weski from LSU - Sweden's Youth Organizations.

March 11, 2020, Debate

Dark image of Sweden in crisis - nothing about Sweden in the world

Sweden must be given priority, the Sweden Democrats' party leader Jimmie Åkesson in his Almedal speech. The picture is from 2017. Photo: News Oresund (CC BY 2.0 License)

Of: Alice Agneus, Marika Ploman and Sofia Brännstrom

When Jimmie Åkesson talks about external issues, it is about migration. How Sweden should act in the world or in collaboration with other states is not mentioned in his Almedal speech. Sweden must be prioritized and "hold together" - among other things through a tough criminal policy.

July 8, 2019, Analysis

Swedish valuation policy on KD's agenda

It was Sweden and Swedish values ​​that were in focus in Ebba Busch Thor's Almedalstal. The picture is from her speech in 2018. Photo: Politikerveckan Almedalen (CC BY 2.0 License)

Of: Erica Fahlström, Isabell Carlsson and Sarah Hyde

Values, family policy and the January agreement were on the agenda during Ebba Busch Thor's Almedal speech. But global development issues shone with their absence.

July 7, 2019, Analysis