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
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
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
Of: Göran Hyden
In recent years, the development agency Sida's task has been to move and manage money. There is no time left for what makes development assistance more effective - to gain knowledge and understanding of the environment in which development assistance is to be integrated. This is what Professor Göran Hydén writes, who is now proposing an internal investigation.
July 2, 2020, Debate
Of: Mona Monasar
I have attended the seminar "Make aid useful in Afghanistan". My view of the situation and how aid works in Afghanistan is not very broad. I do not really know what to expect from the conversation. The seminar opens with Adam Pain, visiting professor from SLU, who asks the rhetorical question: “What would Afghanistan look like if […]
October 2, 2018, Chronicle
Of: Rune Jansen Hagen
For aid to be effective, donors must choose and prioritize what they want to invest in. During the last decade, both Sweden and Norway have tried to reduce the number of countries receiving their aid. Now, however, it seems to be going in the other direction. Rapid political changes risk diluting development aid, writes researcher Rune Jansen Hagen.
March 13, 2018, Debate
Of: Lennart Wohlgemuth
When Sweden conducts development cooperation with undemocratic countries, we must choose whether we should cooperate with the state or not. If we are to be able to influence the development of another country in the long term, the only alternative is for us to have a close dialogue with the country, writes Professor Lennart Wohlgemuth.
January 16, 2018, Debate
Of: Jan Pettersson and Marcus Burman
The very starting point for international development cooperation is to contribute to lasting change. At the same time, there is often a lack of knowledge about the long-term results of development assistance - after the financing has been completed. Aid must to an increased extent be designed and evaluated with the existing changes in focus, writes the Expert Group for Aid Analysis (EBA).
January 11, 2018, Debate
Of: Annie Sturinge (f. Sturesson) and Måns Nilsson
When decision-makers invest in schooling for girls, it affects gender equality and the level of education as well as poverty and health. In order to better implement the global goals in Agenda 2030, we therefore need to map out how the different goals are connected to each other, write Måns Nilsson and Annie Sturesson at the research institute SEI.
September 18, 2017, Debate
Of: Annie Sturinge (f. Sturesson)
No workshops but per diem. The fact that aid money is used for the allowances for civil servants not only leads to costs that are difficult to defend, it also creates the wrong incentives. Aid actors need to reflect more self-critically on how they contribute to distorted reward systems, writes Annie Sturesson.
January 12, 2017, Debate