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Swedish Development Cooperation in Perspective

  • Danielson, Anders

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Wohlgemuth, Lennart

    (Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala)

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    This paper summarizes some salient features of Swedish foreign aid with particular emphasis on the recent decade. We point to a number of problems – including selection of partner countries, changes induced by the EU membership, lack of an explicit development theory to guide the choice of modalities, and inconsistencies between rhetoric and practice on a number of issues. Although Swedish development cooperation is progressive in comparison to that of other DAC members, there are signs of policy convergence and the existing situation still leaves a lot to be desired. In particular, a number of recent reforms have either not been implemented on the ground or simply been a reformulation of old ideas in modern terminology. In a sense, then, Swedish aid philosophy is – despite frequent and major reforms – characterised by stability and continuity.

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    Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2003:8.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 06 Jun 2003
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    Publication status: Published in Perspectives on European Development Cooperation , Stokke, Olav , Hoebink, Paul (eds.), 2005, chapter 15, Routledge.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2003_008
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