Why should we continue with aid in 2020?

In connection with natural disasters such as the cyclone in Mozambique, large and increasing amounts are still being collected. But there are many other motives for the aid, writes the aid expert Lennart Wohlgemuth. Photo: Africom (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Lennart Wohlgemuth

Ever since we started with Swedish official development assistance, solidarity has been the most important motive for providing support to the world's poor in their quest for development. In recent years, that motive has been increasingly questioned. But there are also other important motives for continuing with aid, writes aid expert Lennart Wohlgemuth.

March 2, 2020, Debate

Dare to invest aid in strengthening institutions

Government Offices in Rosario, Philippines.

Supporting countries' public institutions can be an important path to development, the debaters write. Here are some public offices in Rosario, Philippines. Photo: Ramon FVelasquez (CC-3.0)

Of: Bertil Odén and Lennart Wohlgemuth

Strengthening the knowledge level of low-income countries in both private and public institutions is an important way of creating development. Despite this, this type of assistance has been given less and less space. Now we must dare to invest in capacity and institution building - even if it is difficult, write the development experts Bertil Odén and Lennart Wohlgemuth.

October 26, 2018, Debate

Sweden must dare to engage in dialogue with authoritarian states

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

The Kampala Declaration shows why support for African research is so important

Of: Lennart Wohlgemuth

The Kampala Declaration on Academic Freedom was created 25 years ago and was of great importance for the opportunities to conduct critical research in Africa. Sweden supported the initiative, despite risks and the sensitive subject. Now the threats to academic freedom in Africa are increasing again, at the same time as Sweden is reducing the resources for research aid. That must change, writes Lennart Wohlgemuth.

April 26, 2016, Debate