Expert Group

The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) is a Government committee with a mandate to evaluate and analyse Sweden’s international development assistance. The EBA’s remit is to commission studies and arrange seminars on issues with relevance for the Swedish development sector. The expert group brings together a number of committee members who convene regularly to discuss and commission studies on development assistance. Another objective of EBA is to take up existing knowledge and research on international development aid and to contribute to it being used in development policy. EBA’s evaluations and analyses focus primarily on overarching issues within Swedish development assistance, not on individual aid projects.

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Helena Lindholm

Chair

Helena Lindholm is professor in peace and development research at the School of global studies, the University of Gothenburg. Her research is focused on conflicts in the Middle East—primarily Palestine—the role of identity i conflicts, water scarcity in relation to conflict, refugees and reconstruction of war-torn societies. She is also member of the board of STINT and from 1/7 advisor to the vice-chancellor of the University of Gothenburg in issues relating to newly arrived refugees and inclusive studies and director for the Segerstedt Institute. She has many years of experience of leadership tasks in the academic world.

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Gun-Britt Andersson

Vice Chair

Gun-Britt Andersson is The Expert Group’s vice chair. She has a background as the Swedish Government’s Secretary of State for social issues, migration and international development cooperation and as Sweden’s permanent representative to the OECD and Unesco. She held various positions at the Ministry of Finance, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, SAREC (Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries), Sida and UNWRA. After retiring, Gun-Britt’s involvement in development issues continues, for example as the chairman of the JOHA foundation and as a board member of the East Europe Foundation (Moldova), the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (Zimbabwe), Gapminder and as a senior advisor at Global Challenge, an independent Swedish think-tank.

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Arne Bigsten

Member

Arne Bigsten is a senior professor in the Department of Economics at Gothenburg University and director of the Center for Globalization and Development at the University of Gothenburg. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, the University of Nairobi, Keio University, University of New South Wales, and Universite d'Auvergne. He has completed projects for the World Bank, IMF, UN, ILO, side, IFPRI, OECD, wider, African Development Bank, UNIDO, and the European Commission. Bigsten has led numerous research projects on development issues, particularly on African economic development. The projects have for example dealt with poverty, income distribution and commercial. He has been involved in studies on the effects of international economic relations in the economic development, since the large comparative study of the effects of the coffee boom of the 1970s in Kenya and Tanzania. He is currently working on a project about taxes, institutions and development.

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Kim Forss

Member

Kim is the founder and owner of the company Andante - tools for thinking AB, which specializes in evaluation - research and teaching on the evaluation, methodology and implementation of the evaluation mission. He holds a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics and has extensive international experience in evaluating development aid. He is a board member of the European Evaluation Society and among the first members of the Swedish Evaluation Society where he has served on the board for six years, 2010 and 2011 as chairman. Kim has experience in organizational analysis, both of the Swedish administration as of several United Nations agencies and has written several books on evaluation.

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Torgny Holmgren

Member

Torgny is the Managing Director of SIWI. He has extensive experience from the Government Office and international organizations. Most recently Torgny comes from a role as head of the Department for Development Policy at UD. He previously worked at the Ministry of Finance, at the Swedish Embassy in Kenya, the research unit at the World Bank - where he was editor of the book "Aid and Reform in Africa", as well as vice chairman of the OECD Development Assistance 2001.

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Eva Lithman

Member

Eva works as a freelance consultant. She was previously Head of Evaluation at Sida, Swedish International Development Agency, and Chairman of EVALUNET, the evaluation network within the OECD's Development Assistance Committee, DAC. Eva has extensive international experience having worked as a gender expert in the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, been the Director of Save the Children's South America Office and with long field experience from South America and Central Asia. She has also been the Director of Internal Audit at the National Audit Office.

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Johan Schaar

Member

Johan Schaar is currently the chair of ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action) and an Associate Senior Fellow at SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). He was recently in charge of Swedish aid to Palestine at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem. He has worked at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC and was the Director of the International Commission on Climate Change and Development, launched by the Swedish government. During his years with Sida he respectively led the Departments for Policy Support, Climate Change and Environment, and the Humanitarian Unit. He has worked for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan with field postings in Asia. He holds a doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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Julia Schalk

Member

Julia is Deputy Director at RFSU's International Departement and member of the board of the European Network EuroNGO. She previously held a position as vice president of Concord Sweden and worked at the Department for Multilateral Development Cooperation and Global Development at the Foreign Ministry. As part of her work at RFSU Julia has written three reports investigating Swedish aid, with a focus on sexual and reproductive rights. She is also co-editor of the publication Breaking Through. A Guide to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as well as Focus Cairo - a decade of struggle for sexual and reproductive rights. Julia has extensive experience in development aid policy and from working with policy and political influence, focusing on development cooperation both within the EU and the UN.

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Fredrik Uggla

Member

Dr. Fredrik Uggla is associate professor of political science and holds the chair in Latin American Studies at Stockholm University. He has worked at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) as an evaluation officer and as a sent-out program officer. During 2010 to 2012 he was stationed in Cairo as manager of the regional program for democracy and human rights in Middle East and North Africa. Uggla’s research has primarily dealt with democratisation, institutional reforms and different forms of political participation. His results have been published in several of the leading international research journals in these areas, and he has been a visiting researcher at universities and research institutes in South America and Europe. Uggla has also led several independent evaluations of different kinds of support for democracy and human rights, and has participated in a number of electoral observation missions, primarily in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.