Theme II: Sida

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As the word itself indicates, Development Cooperation can only be successful if everyone pulls together. Multilateral organisations and global networks are an important part of the cooperation, but so are also individual nation-states. Sweden’s contribution primarily goes via Sida – the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – which is the theme of the second edition of FUF Magazine. We will turn attention to Sida’s work in various settings, its sometimes controversial history and discuss its collaboration with business. We hope you’ll find it interesting!

Elin Fredriksson & Fredrik Björksten

A Sida financed project in Ethiopia. Photo: Per-Ulf Nilsson, Sida


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The Development of Development: 50 Years of Sida

Sida has been operating in the world for over 50 years and leaves behind a great history of controversies, successes and failures. Yet the history of Sida is not only the story of a Swedish governmental agency, it is also the story of how development has changed during the decades, how the very idea of development has, quite frankly, developed. This is some parts of that story.

Road construction in Mozambique, a part of a development programme. Photo: Victor Brott, Sida

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Sida on the Global Stage

As a government agency of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sida is the Swedish authority with the primary responsibility for development cooperation. But what role does it play exactly on the global stage through its membership of the established institutions of the UN, EU, and World Bank? And how does it achieve its development priority outside of the established global development agencies?

Sida plays a relevant role in the international network of development cooperation. Photo: Inga Kjer / photothek.net, Flickr.

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Seminar Report: Johan Schaar – Working in Development and Humanitarian Affairs

On a dark November night, namely the 21st of November 2017, Johan Schaar spoke about his experiences of working within development, in front of 40 eager students. All were excited to hear what the former manager of the Swedish Aid Program in Palestine and member of the Expert Group on Aid Studies (EBA), with a longstanding engagement at Sida and the Red Cross, had to tell.

Johan Schaar being introduced by Hanna Wallin from FUF

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Can Sida push private business towards sustainability?

Swedish leadership for sustainable development is an initiative Sida has coordinated since 2013. The initiative aims to create a platform for transnational Swedish companies to discuss and share ideas on how to operate more in line with sustainability. However, the lack of clearly defined and ratified measurements undermines the credibility of the commitments.

Louise Gripenberg, commentator for FUF Lund. Photo: Private

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