Should we care about the effects of development aid?

Of: Göran Hyden

The importance of the evaluations that lead writer Carl Von Seth calls for more of has been exaggerated in Sweden and other donor countries in recent years. It is not possible to circle all the factors that determine the effects of development assistance, writes Professor Göran Hydén in a reply.

August 21, 2013, Debate

Profit reporting in development assistance risks counteracting lasting effects

Of: Per Karlsson

The Government's focus on results risks leading to the aid organizations' legitimacy being assessed only on the basis of their ability to achieve short-term and easily measurable results rather than the ability to give the recipients influence and thereby contribute to long-term results. In addition, it leads to increased administrative costs, something that Minister for Development Aid Gunilla Carlsson (M) herself has criticized. It writes Per Karlsson, a recent graduate student at the University of Gothenburg.

August 19, 2013, Debate

Long-term development results require institutions

Of: Karin Metell Cueva

The broad consensus behind the Post15 panel's conclusions that well-functioning institutions really produce results for poor people is in a way treacherous. Now we who work with development assistance should seriously ask the question of what can be done better to support domestic institutions for good and effective governance, writes SIPU consultant Karin Metell Cueva

June 24, 2013, Debate

Ten differences between the Social Democrats' and the government's aid policy

Of: Kenneth G Forslund

While Minister for Development Aid Gunilla Carlsson (M) is preparing for the abolition of development aid policy, the Social Democrats want to pursue an active development policy that goes beyond the goal of absolute poverty reduction. This is one of ten differences between the Social Democrats' and the government's policy, according to the party's development policy spokesman Kenneth G Forslund.

June 20, 2013, Debate

Quality on wrong roads

Of: Class Palm

Quality is based on participation, trust and variation - not control systems and detailed reporting. To cope with Post-2015, development assistance must be reformed and adapted to ever-changing challenges. Evaluations of the evaluations may not be the best way forward in this work, says Klas Palm, consultant and researcher at Mid Sweden University

May 24, 2013, Debate

How can the negative consequences of the performance agenda be avoided?

Of: Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Ian Christoplos, Janet Vähämäki, Jessica Rothman and Theresa Brolin

Focus on results in international development cooperation does not necessarily mean better results. On the contrary, it can be counterproductive. We who work with the issues are obliged to inform decision-makers about this. That is the opinion of Janet Vähämäki, Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Jessica Rothman, Ian Christoplos and Therese Brolin

May 21, 2013, Debate

What will happen to the Nordic Africa Institute?

Of: Carin Norberg

The State Treasury proposes to close down and organize parts of the Nordic Africa Institute's activities under one university without first analyzing the institute's unique combination of research, investigation, communication and documentation. If the business is incorporated into a university, it will eventually cease, writes Carin Norberg, former director general of NAI

May 16, 2013, Debate

Page replies: We know our mathematics

Of: Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

REPLY Aftonbladet's columnist Lena Mellin draws far too far-reaching conclusions from the National Audit Office's report that almost half of the budget for a project went to the company that was procured to administer the project. The company was procured in competition and the assignment involved more than just administration, Sida's CEO Charlotte Petri Gornitzka replies

April 18, 2013, Debate