Expert Group

The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) is a government committee mandated to evaluate and analyse the direction, governance and implementation of Sweden’s official development assistance with a specific focus on results and efficiency. The aim is to contribute to an efficient implementation of well-designed aid. The EBA focuses primarily on overarching issues within Swedish development assistance, not on individual projects. The EBA consists of an expert group of ten members, and a secretariat placed in Stockholm.

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Helena Lindholm

Chair

Helena Lindholm is Professor in Peace and Development Research at the School of Global studies, 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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Johan Schaar

Vice-chair

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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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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Staffan I. Lindberg

Member

Staffan I. Lindberg is a founding Principal Investigator and Director of Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem Institute), Professor of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Wallenberg Academy Fellow, and awardee of an ERC Consolidator Grant. His research appears in over 100 academic publications, on issues such as, among others, elections and democratization, accountability, egalitarian democracy, clientelism, sequence analysis methods, women’s representation, voting behavior and the Ghanaian legislature. Lindberg also has extensive experience as consultant on development and democracy, and as advisor to international organizations.

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Sara Johansson De Silva

Member

Sara Johansson de Silva is a consultant providing analytical, advisory and evaluation services in the areas of labor markets and skills development. She currently works with international organizations such as the World Bank, UNIDO, the UNDP, as well as with bilateral donors. Sara was previously employed as a Senior Economist at the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Department, and as an Economist at the OECD. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

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Magnus Lindell

Member

Magnus was Head of Operations of Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, during 2008-2010. Sida positions also include Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique; Head of Division at the Africa Department; and Head of the Department for Humanitarian Assistance and Conflict Management. Magnus has also been Diakonia’s Country Representative in Bangladesh, and has served with UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees. More recently he was heading the International Department of the Swedish National Audit Office.

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Joakim Molander

Member

Joakim has many years of experience in development cooperation from various roles at Sida and the Swedish embassies to Rwanda and Burundi and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He currently works as Head of Budget and Programme Performance at International IDEA. He has a solid background in results-based management and evaluation and has represented Sweden in the evaluation network of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of OECD for six years. Joakim has a PhD in philosophy and has published academic articles and essays in political philosophy, philosophy of law and ethics.

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Julia Schalk

Member

Julia Schalk is Deputy Director at RFSU's International Department. Julia has extensive experience in health, gender equality, SRHR and development aid policy. She has been part on several Swedish governmental delegations to the UN, negotiating Swedish positions within the field of development and population. Julia has written several reports investigating Swedish aid, with a focus on sexual and reproductive rights as well as co-editing Breaking Through. A Guide to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights samt Fokus Kairo - tio år av kamp för sexuella och reproduktiva rättigheter. She previously worked at the Department for Multilateral Development Cooperation and Global Development at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and has held positions of trust as vice chair of Swedish Concord and as a board member of European SRHR network EuroNGOs.

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Janet Vähämäki

Member

Janet Vähämäki är is a researcher at SCORE, Stockholm Center for Organisational Research. Her research concerns public management, in specific within development cooperation. Her doctoral thesis from Stockholm Business School, in 2017 ”Matrixing Aid –The Rise and Fall of Results Initiatives in Swedish Development Aid”, focused on results based management in Swedish development cooperation. Janet has previous work experience from Sida, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and civil society organisations. Besides her research, Janet conducts consultancies and evaluations.