Human Rights, War, security and conflict

Underfunded appeals: understanding the consequences, improving the system

Sophia Swithern

The EBA-report Underfunded Appeals. Understanding the Consequences, Improving the System studies the consequences of funding covering less and less of the stated urgent humanitarian needs worldwide. In 2017 the estimated number of...


Public administration

Seeking balanced ownership in changing development cooperation relationships

Charlotte Örnemark, Fabian Scholtes, Niels Keijzer, Stephan Klingebiel

According to the Paris Declaration and the 2030 Agenda, ownership is a prerequisite for effective development cooperation. How can the principle of ownership be promoted in today’s complex development cooperation, in which the numbers of...


Democracy, Human Rights, Regionalt bistånd

Swedish Aid in the Era of Shrinking Democratic Space – the Case of Turkey

Åsa Eldén, Paul T. Levin

“Shrinking democratic space” describes a global trend whereby activists’ and civil society organizations’ freedom to organize and operate is circumscribed by increasingly repressive and authoritarian governments. From a Swedish...


Public administration

Who Makes the Decisions on Swedish Aid Funding? An Overview

Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys

This report provides an overview of the financial governance of Swedish ODA at the national level. Many different stakeholders at various levels are involved in the decision-making process for Swedish aid including the Parliament, the...


Public administration

Budget Support, Poverty and Corruption: A Review of the Evidence

Geske Dijkstra

The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) report Budget support, poverty and corruption: a review of the evidence shows that budget support has been an effective way of reducing poverty. Budget support is aid that the recipient...


Public administration

How predictable is Swedish Aid? A study of exchange rate volatility

Númi Östlund

The Expert Group for Aid Studies report How predictable is Swedish aid? A study of exchange rate volatility examines the effects of disbursing Swedish bilateral aid in Swedish kronor (SEK), without hedging. Sweden generally disburses...


War, security and conflict

Building bridges between international humanitarian and development responses to forced migration

Alexander Kocks, Hanne Roggeman, Helge Roxin, Ruben Wedel

In the EBA report Building Bridges Between International Humanitarian and Development Responses to Forced Migration, researchers from the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) review studies of aid responses in Syria and...



DFIs and Development Impact: an evaluation of Swedfund

Justin Flynn, Peter O'Flynn, Stephen Spratt

In a new EBA report, Sweden's Development Finance Institution Swedfund  is evaluated for the first time in a decade.  [caption id="attachment_9182" align="alignright" width="322"] Swedfund is the Development Finance Institution of the...


Sweden's financing of UN Funds and Programmes: analyzing the past, looking to the future

Nina Connelly, Stephen Browne, Thomas G Weiss

Donor’s funding of UN Funds and Programmes has become increasingly earmarked over the last decade. The degree of earmarking now stands close to 80%, to be compared with 58% in 2007. The amount of core resources has subsequently declined....


Democracy, Public administration

Seven Steps to Evidence-Based Anti-corruption: A Roadmap

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

In this report, based on her extensive research on anti-corruption, Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi discusses the possibility for donors as outsiders to support domestic strategies aimed at building public integrity and ethical...


Geospatial analysis of aid: A new approach to aid evaluation

Ann-Sofie Isaksson

Recent years have seen an increased focus on results in development cooperation, and a heated debate on the evaluation strategies and effectiveness of development policies. Against this background, the aim of this report is to introduce...


Education, Research

Research capacity in the new global development agenda

Måns Fellesson

Studien syftar till att med hjälp av primärdata besvara denna fråga genom att utifrån parametrarna rörlighet, samarbete och vetenskaplig produktion studera karriärutvecklingen bland personer från Moçambique, Tanzania och Etiopien...


Research Aid Revisited – a historically grounded analysis of future prospects and policy options

David Nilsson, Sverker Sörlin

This report examines the historical path as well as current tendencies of the Swedish government’s support to development research and research capacity building in low-income countries, or simply “research aid”. It also presents...



Confronting the contradiction - an exploration into the dual purpose of accountability and learning...

Desmond MchNeil, Hilde Reinersten, Kristina Bjorkdahl

Based on evaluations of Swedish and Norwegian aid the researchers Hilde Reinertsen, Kristian Bjørkdahl and Desmond McNeill written a report which examines whether accountability and learning are compatible in the evaluation of aid. Their...


War, security and conflict

Local Peacebuilding - challenges and opportunities

Hanna Leonardsson, Joakim Öjendal, Martin Lundqvist

Peacebuilding is at crossroads. While it is one of the most important intstruments for addressing crisis and fragility, it is also persistently criticised. In this EBA report, Joakim Öjendal, Hanna Leonardsson and Martin Lundqvist Review...



Animal health in development – its role for poverty reduction and human welfare

Arvid Uggla, Jonathan Rushton, Ulf Magnusson

In low income countries, around 70% of the rural poor and 10% of the urban poor are dependent on livestock. Increasing livestock production in rural areas is not enough to reduce poverty, productivity gains are needed. Animal diseases are...


Equality, Human Rights

Do Anti-Discrimination Measures Reduce Poverty Among Marginalised Social Groups?

Anna Mdee, Ella Page, Rachel Marcus

In the EBA-report “Do Anti-Discrimination Measures Reduce Poverty Among Marginalised Social Groups? “ Rachel Marcus, Anna Mdee and Ellen Page from the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, put focus on the impacts of political...


War, security and conflict

Making Waves: Implications of the irregular migration and refugee situation on Official Development...

Andrew Sheriff, Anna Knoll

Based on the most recent developments in Europe, Anna Knoll with Andrew Sherriff at the European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) have written an EBA-report high-lighting a number of key issues concerning the development...


Democracy, Research, War, security and conflict

Revitalising the policy for global development

Per Molander

Rapporten baseras på en genomgång av relevant forskning om ”vad som driver utveckling” och utmynnar i ett antal policyslutsatser för Politiken för global utveckling (PGU) och svenskt bistånd. Författare: Per Molander Rapporten...


Regionalt bistånd

Swedish Development Cooperation with Tanzania – has it helped the poor?

David Carpenter, Julie Thaarup, Mark McGillivray, Oliver Morrissey

Authors: Mark McGillivray, David Carpenter, Oliver Morrissey och Julie Thaarup The report was presented during following seminar. Click here to find a blog from the...


Randomized controlled trials: Strenghts, weaknesses and policy relevance

Anders Olofsgård

Det övergripande syftet med denna rapport är att bidra till den pågående debatten om utvärdering och effektivitet I svenskt bistånd. Mer specifikt ligger fokus på betydelsen av så  kallade randomiserade kontrollerade studier (RKS)...


Regionalt bistånd

Exploring donorship - Internal factors in Swedish aid to Uganda

Stein-Erik Kruse

Author: Stein- Erik Kruse The report was presented during following seminar. Click here to find a blog from the...


Climate, Democracy, Education, Equality, Health, Human Rights, Public administration, War, security and conflict

Sustaining a Development Policy: Results and Responsibility for the Swedish Policy for Global...

Lisa Román, Måns Fellesson

The report was presented during following seminar. Click here to find a blog post from the seminar. Click here and here to find articles on the...


Towards an Alternative Development Management Paradigm?

Cathy Shutt

Alla som på något sätt är involverade i internationellt bistånd vill bidra till resultat och göra skillnad för de människor som insatserna riktar sig till. Betydelsen av att visa och rapportera om resultat är därför inget nytt...


Public administration

Vem beslutar om svenska biståndsmedel? En översikt

Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys

Denna studie är en kartläggning av den finansiella styrningen av det svenska biståndet, från budgetpropositionens grova ramar till insatsnivå: Vem beslutar om vilka medel inom det svenska biståndet, till vilka ändamål, på vilka...


Pathways to change: Evaluating development interventions with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Barbara Befani

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a method particularly well suited for systematic and rigorous comparisons and synthesis of information over a limited number of cases. In addition to a presentation of the method, this report...


Climate, Democracy, Education, Equality, Health, Human Rights, Regionalt bistånd, War, security and conflict

Swedish Responsibility and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Kristina Jönsson, Magdalena Bexell

In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN Member States. Attention now turns to realisation of the goals at national level. In light of their broad scope, a clear allocation of...



Capturing complexity and context: evaluating aid to education

Jane Leer, Joel Samoff, Michelle Reddy

The objective of this study is to do a synthesis of evaluations of aid supported education activities that recognizes the complexities of education, aid, and evaluation. The authors are arguing that since education, aid, and evaluations...



Education in developing countries what policies and programmes affect learning and time in school?

The authors have conduct a study in order to determine which types of education programs are most likely to improve students’ educational outcomes. The study is a synthesis of high quality and rigorous evaluations in the field of...


Business, Human Rights

Business and Human Rights in development cooperation - has Sweden incorporated the UN guiding...

Rasmus Kløcker Larsen, Sandra Atler

Forskaren Rasmus Kløcker Larsen och MR-experten Sandra Atler har skrivit EBA-rapporten ”Business and Human Rights in Development Cooperation – has Sweden incorporated the UN Guiding Principles?. Rapporten innehåller en analys av hur...


Regionalt bistånd

Support to regional cooperation and integration in Africa - what works and why?

Fredrik Söderbaum, Therese Brolin

Regional cooperation and integration in Africa has deepened and expanded considerably during the last two decades, partly as a result of intesified outside support and financing. Over time, Sweden has provided substantial support in to...



In search of double dividends from climate change interventions evidence from forest conservation...

Ariana Salas, Daniel Ternald, Erin Sills, Eskil Mattsson, Gunnar Köhlin, Madelene Ostwald, Subhrendu Pattanayak

More and more aid is used for climate related interventions in developing countries. In the last 15 years, bilateral aid has increased from 3 to 20 billion USD annually. Globally, the ambition is to further five-fold this kind of support...


Business, Human Rights, Public administration

Business and Human Rights in development cooperation – has Sweden incorporated the UN guiding...

Rasmus Kløcker Larsen, Sandra Atler

Forskaren Rasmus Kløcker Larsen och MR-experten Sandra Atler har författat EBA-rapporten ”Business and Human Rights in Development Cooperation – has Sweden incorporated the UN Guiding Principles?. Rapporten innehåller en analys av...


Public administration

Making Development Work: The Quality of Government Approach

Bo Rothstein, Marcus Tannenberg

This report aims to summarize the results of research from the Quality of Government approach in terms of its importance for development and aid policy. In the report, Professor Bo Rothstein and Marcus Tannenberg from the University of...


Business, Public administration

Now Open for Business: Joint development initiatives between the private and public sectors in...

Ari Kokko, Hanna Norberg, Sara Johansson da Silva

The aim with this study is to analyse existing evidence about the effects of various modes of public-private partnerships in development cooperation and to conclude what forms of partnerships that are expected to work best in certain...


Public administration

Has Sweden injected realism into public financial management reforms in partner countries?

Matt Andrews

The importance of well-functioning institutions – formal and informal ’rules of the game’ – for development is widely acknowledged nowadays. Much has also been written on how institutions change. However, to bring such knowledge to...


Business, Education

Youth, entrepreneurship and development

Kjetil Bjorvatn

Young people in low income countries have realistically very minor options to get a job in the formal sector of the economy. Most will instead find themselves in the informal sector, with all the insecurity and low income that it implies....


Concentration difficulties? An analysis of Swedish aid proliferation

Rune Hagen

The report was presented in the following seminar. Click here to read a blog post from the seminar. Click here to read an interview with EBA vice chair Gun-Britt...



Rethinking Civil Society and Support for Democracy

Richard Youngs

Sweden has a long tradition of providing development cooperation with the aim of strengthening democracy and respect for human rights. Sida-support for these purposes has increased in recent years, and accounts for more than 5 billion SEK...


The African Development Bank – ready to face the challenges of the future?

Christopher Humphrey

The EBA report "The African Development Bank - Ready to Face the Challenges of a Changing Africa? discusses the African Development Bank's current challenges. It is written by Christopher Humphrey from Zurich University in Switzerland. A...



International Party Assistance-What do We Know About the Effects?

The report was presented in the following seminar. Click here and here to read blogs from the seminar. Click here to read an interview with Lars...



Sweden’s Development Assistance for Health – Policy Options to Support the Global Health 2035...

Dean Jamison, Gavin Yamey, Helen Saxenian, Jesper Sundewall, Robert Hecht

On December 3, 2013, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH) published Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation. The report laid out a series of opportunities for donors, low-income countries, and lower...


Randomized Controlled Trials: Strengths, Weaknesses and Policy Relevance

Anders Olofsgård

The general purpose of this report is to offer input into the ongoing debate on the evaluation and effectiveness of Swedish foreign aid. More specifically, the focus lies on the role of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in evaluations...