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Swedish Development Cooperation in Perspective


  • Danielson, Anders

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Wohlgemuth, Lennart

    (Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala)


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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  • Danielson, Anders & Wohlgemuth, Lennart, 2003. "Swedish Development Cooperation in Perspective," Working Papers 2003:8, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2003_008

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    Development cooperation; foreign aid;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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