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The EBA Aid Review 2020 is here!

Our annual report is based on the studies that we have published during the last year. You can easily download it. Over arching themes in The EBA Aid Review this year are: Democracy, Risk, Corruption and mediatisation, Aid for sustainability and Anti-discrimination and gender equality.
Published 6 May 2020 – Read more

EBA-webinar: Aid in times of a changing climate

Watch this popular webinar at any time convenient for you. In 2009, the Swedish Government launched the Climate Change Initiative (CCI), a four-year programme of investments in climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, targeting some of the poorest countries.
Published 3 April 2020 – Read more

EBA-seminar on blended finance

In connection to the release of a new report on blended finance in decelopment cooperation, we recently had this seminar: ”Financing Private Development Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Please feel free to watch it...
Published 16 March 2020 – Read more

Anti-discrimination and the fight against poverty

Many living in poverty belong to discriminated against groups. Anti-discrimination work are key to reduce poverty. Still, not enough is known about what gives the best effects in anti-discrimination. See the seminar here.
Published 14 August 2019 – Read more
Aid review

The EBA Aid Review 2019

Our annual report The EBA Aid Review 2019 has arrived! Here we gather findings and conclusions from our work last year, in an accessible, short format. Read about current challenges and trends in development cooperation, and also reflections for the future. The EBA Aid Review is available in English here and in Swedish here. For a printed version, please don’t hesitate to order from ud.eba@gov.se.
Published 6 May 2019 – Read more

Swedish Aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina – An evaluation

Welcome to an interesting seminar and launch of our new evaluation of Swedish development cooperation to Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1995-2018. Friday April 26th at 2 pm - 3.45 pm (registration at 1.30 pm), at Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm.
Published 24 April 2019 – Read more

Aid in shrinking democratic spaces

We are living in an era where civil liberties are increasingly under threat. How does this trend affect forms and content of Swedish international development cooperation?
Published 18 October 2018 – Read more

EBA-invitation for proposals: evaluate the NDF

EBA invites proposals for evaluate the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). Focus on institutional performances in accordance to mandate and potential future role as a joint Nordic financing instrument for development. Find more information...
Published 21 August 2018 – Read more

Working together in Syria – report release and seminar

On June 15 EBA in collaboration with the German Institute for Development Evaluation, DEval, held a seminar on "How can humanitarian and development aid work together? The case of Syria". The EBA report 2018:02 Building bridges between...
Published 27 June 2018 – Read more

EBA-seminarium: “The (fluctuating) value of aid”

On May 28 the report "How predictable is Swedish aid? A study of exchange rate volatility" was launched at a seminar at Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm. The report, which is written by Númi Östlund, shows that exchange rate volatility has...
Published 5 June 2018 – Read more

Research cooperation in a new era

We need to talk more about research. About its intrinsic value, and its importance for development at large. Sometimes viewed as a costly subsidy of elites in poorer countries, aid to research has not always been a priority among donors....
Published 21 September 2017 – Read more

Three new members of the Expert Group

We are pleased to announce that the Minister for International Development Cooperation has, as of 1 June, appointed three new Expert Group members. We warmly welcome Helena Lindholm (chair), Johan Schaar and Fredrik...
Published 1 June 2017 – Read more

Do anti-discrimination measures reduce poverty?

Discriminatory structures tend to keep people in poverty since they are not given full access to e.g. service provision or the educational system. One of the strongest messages of the Agenda 2030 framework is that no one will be left...
Published 1 March 2017 – Read more

Hans Rosling, 1948-2017

A voice for knowledge and decency has fallen silent. During Hans’ three years as a member of EBA, we learnt to know him as a devoted and fearless defender of humanitarian principles and knowledge based decisions; a person with a warm...
Published 8 February 2017 – Read more

ODA displaced?

On February 2, EBA launched the report “Making Waves: Implications of the irregular migration and refugee situation on Official Development Assistance spending and practices in Europe ” (the report was launched during following...
Published 3 February 2017 – Read more

Ends and Means: results in development management

International development cooperation has always been concerned with results. Whether there is an increased attention to results in recent years can be questioned, for those with good memory there has been successive waves of results...
Published 8 September 2016 – Read more

Aid and the private sector, JDI ≠ PPP ≠ PSD

The importance of the private sector for economic development is undisputable. Private actors - whether we talk about firms or other organisations - are an essential part of the web that forms a well-functioning society. In the process of...
Published 16 December 2015 – Read more

Three interesting seminars in Stockholm and Gothenburg

In the last few months I have as a new vice chairperson of EBA had the privilege of participating in three EBA seminars of which I have moderated two; one in Stockholm and one in Gothenburg. The attendance has more than met expectations...
Published 9 November 2015 – Read more

Support to PFM-reforms abroad starts at home

Most would agree that prudent and effective Public Finance Management (PFM) is essential in low- and middle income countries. Well-functioning institutions are key to economic growth and development and are a necessary (albeit not...
Published 9 October 2015 – Read more

Concentration difficulties? It´s politics, stupid!

Sweden has repeatedly been criticized for spreading its bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) thinly. For example, the OECD’s recent peer review of Sweden’s development assistance  concluded that “In the absence of clear...
Published 4 September 2015 – Read more

Inequalities challenge health progress

What would it take to reach a ”grand convergence” in global health by 2035? What actions are necessary in order to reduce mortality in low- and lower middle-income countries to the levels of the healthiest middle income countries of...
Published 13 November 2014 – Read more

EBA and its “double independence”

How does EBA pursue its work on a daily basis? Well, we first try to find the most important questions to study, and then decide on who should get the assignment of writing reports on these issues. Some of the ideas come from the expert...
Published 19 June 2014 – Read more

Welcome to a new committee!

The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) was set up by the Swedish government in 2013. The Terms of Reference announce that we "will continuously evaluate and analyse Sweden’s international development cooperation in order to improve...
Published 19 June 2014 – Read more