- Human Rights
- Public administration
- Regional development
- Regionalt bistånd
- War, security and conflict
The Promise of Payday: Exploring the role of state cash transfers in post-apartheid rural South...
Cash transfer programs have become a significant tool in efforts to reduce poverty. Focusing on the Child Support Grant, this DDB explores the material and socio-relational implications of state cash transfers in rural South...
Social entrepreneurship and innovation for transformative change - Empirical studies of sanitation...
Social entrepreneurship and innovation are expected to take on a growing role in solving global problems of sustainability. This DDB examines the case of a social entrepreneur in the sanitation sector in Kenya. By studying the dynamics of...
Exploring pitfalls of participation – and ways towards just practices through a participatory...
Participatory processes are typically viewed as democratic and transparent. This DDB explores the pitfalls of participation. By addressing when, how and why participatory practices lead to unjust forms of participation, it offers guidance...
Making Sanitation Happen: An Enquiry into Multi-Level Sanitation Governance
Sanitation is high on the international development agenda, but how is sanitation policy actually put into practice on the ground? This DDB examines governance structures in sanitation on multiple levels across Rwanda and Uganda....
Development Goals and Gender Equality Change: Superficial Adjustment or Credible Commitments?
Helena Hede Skagerlind
Global performance indicators are now-common tools for global Development governance. This DDB gives an account of the influences of such indicators, studying the mechanisms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their effects on...
How can an agricultural investment that never happened affect people living in poverty?
Large agricultural investment projects have been popular in African development for almost 20 years. The results of these investments however, have often failed to materialize. This DDB explores the consequences for people living where...
A Climate for Change? Political Communication and the Prospects of Large-Scale Collective Action on...
Stefan Linde is a post-doctoral researcher in political science at the Department Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, at Luleå University of Technology. His current employment is within the project ‘Governing...
International Acceptance of Climate Security Norms
Elin Jakobsson is a reseacher and a teacher in International Relations at Stockholm University. She holds a PhD in International Relations, being the first in Sweden to attain a doctoral decree in this subject. Elin's research concerns...
The Impact of Abortion Legalization on Fertility and Female Empowerment - New Evidence from Mexico
Damian Clarke, Hanna Mühlrad
Hanna Mühlrad is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Economics at Lund University, Sweden. Her primary fields of interest are health economics, development economics, labor economics and global and public health. The main focus of...
Health Systems Bottles - Necks and Evidence-based District Health Planning. Experiences from the...
Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson
Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson is a health systems and public health specialist at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and the Chair of the Emerging Voices for Global Health Network (EV4GH). In 2017 she defended her doctoral thesis "Health...
Closing the Quality Gap - Investigating Health System Bottlenecks and Quality Improvement...
Ulrika Baker is a Medical Doctor with a background in Public Health and Family Medicine. She has lived and worked for several years in Sub Saharan Africa, including in Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea and Malawi where she has been based since...
The Rise and Fall of "Results Initiatives" in Swedish Development Aid
Janet is a researcher at Stockholm Center for Organizational Research (SCORE). In 2017 she defended herdoctoral thesis Matrixing Aid- The Rise and Fall of ‘Results Initiatives’ in Swedish Development Aid at Stockholm Business School,...
Beyond an Instrumental Approach to Religion and Development - Challenges for Church-based...
Josephine Sundqvist is a development researcher who defended her thesis ”Beyond and instrumental approach to Religion and Development – Challenges for church-based healthcare” at the Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre at...
Results and Ownership in Swedish Development Cooperation
Therese Brolin defended her PhD thesis ”Ownership or Donorship? Results and ownership in Swedish international development cooperation” in Human Geography at the University of Gothenburg in September 2017. Prior to her doctoral studies...
War, security and conflict
Peace and Politics: Promoting Durable Solutions to Communal Conflicts
Emma Elfversson is a researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. She will defend her dissertation “Central Politics and Local Peacemaking: The Conditions for Peace after Communal Conflict” on 6...
War, security and conflict
Peacemaking Up Close: Explaining Mediator Styles of International Mediators
Mathilda Lindgren is a Peace Researcher who defended her thesis ”Peacemaking Up Close: Explaining Mediator Styles of International Mediators” at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in October 2016. This...
Effects of Violent Conflict on Women and Children: Sexual Behvaior, Fertility, and Infant Mortality...
Elina Elveborg Lindskog
Elina Elveborg Lindskog defended her thesis "Effects of violent conflict on women and children. Sexual behavior, fertility, and infant mortality in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo" in June 2016. This is a summary of her...
Equality, War, security and conflict
Educating for Peace - A Theological Task in Contemporary Times
Sara Gehlin is a post-doctoral researcher in theology. Her current research project Women and Peace: Vision and Reality at the Intersection of Peace - and Feminist Theology concerns the impact of Resolution 1325 in contemporary...
Increasing Access to Abortion
Susanne Sjöström is an obstetrician at Danderyds sjukhus. She defended her thesis "Increasing acces to abortion - perspectives on provider availability in different settings" at Karolinska institutet in Januari 2017. Her work has...
The Quest for Maternal Survival in Rwanda – Paradoxes in Policy and Practice
Jessica Påfs works as a SRHR-advisor for Plan Sverige. She defended her thesis in December 2016 at Uppsala university with the thesis "The Quest for Maternal Survival in Rwanda - Paradoxes in Policy and Practice". This is a summary...
Moving Upstream: Gender Norms and Emerging Sexual Experiences in Early Adolescence
Anna Kågesten is a researcher at Karolinska Institutet. She defended her thesis ”A window of opportunity: Gender attitudes and patterns of romantic and sexual experiences in early adolescence” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School...
Strategy for Supporting Low-income Countries in Building a Midwifery Profession
Malin Bogren defended her thesis "Building a midwifery profession in South Asia" in 2016 at the University of Gothenburg. "Strategy for supporting low-income countries in building a midwifery profession" is a summary of her thesis. The...
Exporting Agrarian Expertise: Development Aid at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences...
This Development Dissertation Brief is a summary of Karl Bruno's doctoral dissertation in agrarian history, which he defended in June 2016. It is a historical study, the findings throw new light on formative episodes in Swedish rural...
How does China Challenge the IMF’s Power in Africa?
Johanna Malm defended her PhD dissertation “When Chinese development finance met the IMF’s public debt norm in DR Congo” in International Development Studies at the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University in...
Democracy, Public administration
Anti-corruption Reform – Evolution or Big Bang?
Anders Sundell is a researcher at the Department of Political Science, Gothenburg University. He defended his dissertation "Public Administration and Corruption: How to get the institutions that work" at Gothenburg University in June 2015...
Women in African Natural Resource Booms
Anja Tolonen is an assistant professor at Department of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. She defended her dissertation "Mining Booms in Africa and Local Welfare Effects: Labor markets, Female Empowerment, and Criminality"...
Equality, Human Rights
Beyond the Buzzwords: Approaches to Gender in Humanitarian Aid
Elisabeth Olivius is a researcher at the Department of Political Science at Umeå University. She defended her dissertation "Governing Refugees through Gender Equality: Care, Control, Emancipation" in December 2014. The aim of this...
Education, Human Rights
Child education, child labor and the agricultural economy
Most poor people in the world live in rural communities, and they are more likely to be women, children, or members of a minority ethnic group. The research presented in this brief focus on these individuals, the most vulnerable in...
Regional development, Regionalt bistånd
Path dependent possibilities of transformation: Agricultural change and economic development in...
Montserrat López Jerez
No doubt, institutions are central to economic and social development, and history provides many examples showing that they have a tendency to be persistent. Nevertheless, several issues remain to be settled before conclusions can be drawn...
The when and why of helping: individual and organizational decision making from a psychological...
Within the fields of experimental psychology and behavioral economy helping decisions, i.e. decisions that potentially can benefit someone else than the decision maker, have mostly been investigated at the individual level (e.g. “should...
Public administration, Research
Going with the flow or swimming against the current? Interplay of formal rules, informal norms and...
This DDB introduces key findings from broader research that aimed at understanding the influence of formal and informal rules and norms on civil society...
War, security and conflict
Aiding the End of Conflict? Reintegrating Ex-Combatants in Colombia
This Dissertation Brief analyzes Colombian efforts to reintegrate AUC and FARC ex-combatants into civilian life from 2002 and onwards. The paper draws substantially from Michael Jonsson's Ph.D dissertation "A Farewell to Arms....
War, security and conflict
Causes of Communal Conflicts – Government Bias, Elites, and Conditions for Cooperation
Why do communal conflicts turn violent in some regions but not in others? This question has been explored by Johan Brosché in his dissertation "Masters of War – The Role of Elites in Sudan’s Communal...
Equality, War, security and conflict
Stronger than Justice: Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence
Angela Muvumba Sellström
Which conditions lead to armed group impunity for sexual violence? This is something that Angela Muvumba Sellström has studied in her doctoral dissertation "Stronger than Justice: Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence". The...
Democracy, War, security and conflict
Public Participation in Constitution Building; An Effective Strategy for Enhancing Democracy?
Abrak Saati is a researcher at the Department of Political Science, Umeå University. This Development Dissertation Brief (DDB) is a summary of her dissertation "The Participation Myth: outcomes of participatory constitution building...
Transformative Social Policy in Development? Demystifying Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin...
Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) have been widely promoted for their ability to simultaneously pursue the twin objectives of short-term poverty alleviation through income support (i.e. cash transfers), and long-term poverty reduction...
Research, War, security and conflict
Aiding Science. An analysis of Swedish Research Aid Policy 1973 - 2008
Veronica Brodén Gyberg
Veronica Brodén Gryberg has in this report summarized her dissertation on the topic of Swedish research aid policy. The dissertation investigates how Swedish official aid policy constructed the role of research for development in...
Institutional Impediments and Reluctant Actors - The Limited Role of Democracy Aid in Democratic...
This Development Dissertation Brief (DDB) summarizes Agnes Cornell’s dissertation Institutional Impediments and Reluctant Actors - The Limited Role of Democracy Aid in Democratic Development. The dissertation examines why and under what...