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2021:Juli

Organisation and Management of Aid

Review

Corruption and Aid: A Literature Review (in Swedish)

Helena Hede Skagerlind

Korruption inom biståndet är en återkommande fråga i samhällsdebatten. I denna underlagsrapport sammanställer rapportförfattaren slutsatser från akademisk och grå litteratur kring korruptionens omfattning inom biståndet....

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2021:June

Humanitarian Assistance, Migration, Organisation and Management of Aid

Other

Forced Displacement and the Humanitarian‐Development Nexus: A Roundtable Anthology

Alexander Burlin, Jason Gagnon, Karen Jacobsen, Kim Wilson, Mona Ahmed, Sarah Miller

This Working Paper summarises three roundtable discussions arranged by EBA during Spring 2021 under the theme "Forced Displacement and the Humanitarian‐Development Nexus." The three roundtables looked at challenges and opportunities for...

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2021:May

Evaluation of Aid

Relevant? Almost Always: Relevance in Development Cooperation

Joel Samoff

Evaluations of interventions within development cooperation are almost always based on the evaluation criteria developed by OECD/DAC. This includes an assessment of whether an intervention is relevant. One observation related to the...

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2021:01

Description of method

Data Science Methods in Development Evaluation: Exploring the Potential

Gustav Engström, Jonas Norén

This report examines the potential of using data science and Natural Language Processing (NLP) in development evaluation. It looks at how such methods can be used produce reliable assessments of what past evaluations have concluded about...

2021:May

Equality, Health and Social Protection

Mapping

Mapping of Swedish Aid Addressing Menstruation

Elin Bergenlöv

During the last ten years, the issue of menstruation has received increasing attention in Swedish development cooperation. However, an overall picture of the extent to which menstruation is addressed in Swedish aid is absent. The aim of...

2021:May

Organisation and Management of Aid

Like-Minded in Principle or in Practice? Priorities and Allocations in EU Member States’ Foreign...

Jonas Tallberg, Olof Karlsson

Together, the EU and its 27 member states constitute by far largest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the world. Several member countries have been important donor countries for a long time, while others are emerging....

2021:May

Climate and Environment

Circular Economy – a Conceptual Review and Analysis of Implications for Swedish Development...

Daniel Slunge, Ida Andersson, Petter Wikström, Thomas Sterner

Circular economy is increasingly discussed in Swedish, European, and international public policy making. This report provides a review of the circular economy concept and discusses its potential implications for Swedish development...

2021:03

Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

Hierarchical Sisterhood – Supporting Women’s Peacebuilding through Swedish Aid to Bosnia and...

Sanela Bajramović

International peacebuilding in conflict-affected areas entails possibilities as well as challenges. Focusing on the engagement of Swedish foundation Kvinna till Kvinna in Bosnia between 1993 and 2013, this DDB analyzes encounters with...

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2021

Evaluation of Aid

Review

The EBA Aid Review 2021

Our annual report The EBA Aid Review 2021 summarises insights and conclusions from our reports and seminars from the previous year. The report is written for a wide audience of policy makers, practitioners and students, as well as the...

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2020

Evaluation of Aid

Review

The EBA Aid Review 2020

By March 31 each year the EBA submits a report to the Government of Sweden summarising the content and conclusion of our reports and seminars. In the 2020 Aid Review we present work conducted during 2019 and also briefly summarise our...

2021:02

Liberation Conservation: The Salween Peace Park and the Politics of Possessing the Earth in...

Tomas Cole

In Southeast Myanmar a protracted armed conflict has dragged on for over 70 years. This DDB depicts the struggles of indigenous people and environmental activists to transform a war-torn  area into an indigenously run protected zone, the...

2021:01

Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

The Invisibility Cloak – How ‘Internationals’ Emotions Affect Their Listening in...

Pernilla Johansson

Effective peacebuilding requires international actors to listen to local partners, which often fails in practice. Through interviews with practitioners, donors and researchers, this DDB identifies how everyday emotions help or hinder the...

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2019

Evaluation of Aid

Review

The EBA Aid Review 2019

By March 31 each year the EBA submits a report to the Government of Sweden summarising the content and conclusion of our reports and seminars. In the 2019 Aid Review we present work conducted during 2018 and also briefly summarise our...

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2018

Evaluation of Aid

Review

The EBA Aid Review 2018

By March 31 each year the EBA submits a report to the Government of Sweden summarising the content and conclusion of our reports and seminars. In the 2018 Aid Review we present work conducted during 2017 and also briefly summarise our...

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2017

Evaluation of Aid

Review

The EBA Aid Review 2017

By March 31 each year the EBA submits a report to the Government of Sweden summarising the content and conclusion of our reports and seminars. In the 2017 Aid Review we present work conducted during 2016 and also briefly summarise our...

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2016

Evaluation of Aid

Review

The EBA Aid Review 2016

By March 31 each year the EBA submits a report to the Government of Sweden summarising the content and conclusion of our reports and seminars. In the 2016 Aid Review we present work conducted during 2015 and also briefly summarise our...

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2015

Evaluation of Aid

Review

The EBA Aid Review 2015

By March 31 each year the EBA submits a report to the Government of Sweden summarising the content and conclusion of our reports and seminars. In the 2015 Aid Review we present work conducted during 2014 and also briefly summarise our...

2020:07

Democracy and Human Rights

Evaluation

Effects of Swedish and International Democracy Aid

Ana Horigoshi, Kunal Sen, Melissa Samarin, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Rachel M. Gisselquist

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FHUALezAp8k Democracy aid is a key component of Swedish international development cooperation. The EBA report Effects of Swedish and international democracy aid explores the effects of aid on countries...

2020:06

Democracy and Human Rights, Equality

Analysis

Sextortion: Corruption And Gender-Based Violence

Åsa Eldén, Dolores Calvo, Elin Bjarnegård, Silje Lundgren, Sofia Jonsson

https://www.youtube.com/embed/GU79ssaf-aM The abuse of power and position in exchange for sexual favours – sextortion – is both a form of corruption and of gender-based violence (GBV), which makes it difficult to address. How should...

2020:November

Climate and Environment

Analysis

Alignment of Sweden’s Multilateral Aid with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Lisa Hjelm, Mats Hårsmar

The study contains assessments of 25 multilateral organisations receiving support from Swedish ODA. To what extent are their work aligned with the Paris Agreement in terms of climate mitigation, adaptation to adverse effects of climate...

2020:04

Democracy and Human Rights, Public Administration

Institution Building In Practice: An evaluation Of Swedish Central Authorities´ Reform Cooperation...

Dejana Razić Ilić, Giorgio Ferrari, Krenar Loshi, Númi Östlund, Richard Allen

This evaluation analyses the results, relevance and cost-effectiveness of Swedish central government authorities’ development cooperation projects in the Western Balkans (2009–2018). THE EVALUATION ALSO SHOWED: Every year, around...

2020:05

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

In Proper Organization we Trust –Trust in Interorganizational Aid Relations

Janet Vähämäki, Susanna Alexius

Trust based management of public services could serve to achieve better results. To build trust is particularly difficult in the area of development cooperation: vast distances, unequal power relations and complex practices provide...

2020:04

Public Administration

Evaluation

Institution Building In Practice: An Evaluation Of Swedish Central Authorities´ Reform Cooperation...

Dejana Razić Ilić, Giorgio Ferrari, Krenar Loshi, Númi Östlund, Richard Allen

Every year around SEK 600 million of Swedish international development assistance is directed through Swedish government authorities (SGAs). This evaluation aims to gain an in-depth understanding of the long-term effects, sustainability...

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2020:06

Health and Social Protection

Other

The Promise of Payday: Exploring the role of state cash transfers in post-apartheid rural South...

Stefan Granlund

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...

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2020:05

Health and Social Protection

Other

Social entrepreneurship and innovation for transformative change - Empirical studies of sanitation...

Suvi Kokko

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...

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2020:04

Education and Research

Other

Exploring pitfalls of participation – and ways towards just practices through a participatory...

Helena Kraff

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...

2020:03

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

Biståndets förvaltningskostnader: För stora? Eller kanske för små?

Daniel Tarschys

Is management only a burden? The premise in much of the literature on development aid, and more specifically in the Swedish budgetary dialogue in this policy field, seems to be that administrative activities should be squeezed back as far...

2020:April

Education and Research

Mapping

Development Research in Sweden – A Dispersed Research Community Under Pressure

Cecilia Strand, Elin Bjarnegård, Flora Hajdu, Henning Melber, Janet Vähämäki, Jonas Ewald, Magnus Jirström, Rickard Lalander

This study was initiated and conducted by the newly established Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) with support from the Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA). The study has sought to map the Swedish development research community,...

2020:02

Climate and Environment

Evaluation

Evaluation of the Swedish Climate Change Initiative 2009 – 2012

Jane Burt, Jessica Wilson, John Colvin, Mehjabeen Abidi Habib, Miriam Kugele, Mutizwa Mukute

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. The CCI amounted to SEK 4...

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2020:03

Health and Social Protection

Other

Making Sanitation Happen: An Enquiry into Multi-Level Sanitation Governance

Nelson Ekane

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....

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2020:02

Equality

Other

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...

2020:01

Democracy and Human Rights, Economic Development, Organisation and Management of Aid

Other

How can an agricultural investment that never happened affect people living in poverty?

Linda Engström

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...

2020:01

Economic Development

Mapping

Mobilising Private Development Finance: Implications for Overall Aid Allocations

Matthew Gouett, Polly Meeks, Samantha Attridge

The use of development finance to ‘catalyse’ private finance has become a growing trend in development cooperation. This study focus on one specialised form of development finance - Official Development Assistance (ODA) – and its...

2019:09

Democracy and Human Rights

Analysis

Democracy in African Governance: Seeing and Doing it Differently

Göran Hydén, Marina Buch Kristensen

The purpose of this report is to examine why democratization in Africa is a special challenge and how democracy aid may be recast in a world where national sovereignty is on the rise and partners claim greater ownership of the external...

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Study of the effects of Swedish and international democracy support

Support in the areas of democracy and human rights currently represents about one-fourth of Swedish bilateral overseas development assistance, which is about twice as much as the average of OECD Development Assistance Committee countries....

2019:08

Climate and Environment

Review

Fishing Aid: Mapping and Synthesising Evidence in Support of SDG 14 Fisheries Targets

Goncalo Carneiro, Raphaelle Bisiaux

Despite several decades of aid to the fisheries sector and numerous evaluations, there are very few known efforts to analyse and document lessons learned across those interventions. This study is a systematic map and a thematic...

2019:07

Economic Development, Equality, Health and Social Protection

Review

Applying a Masculinities Lens to the Gendered Impacts of Social Safety Nets

Abby Fried, Gary Barker, Jeni Klugman, Kate Doyle, Meagan Dooley, Ruti Levtov

Social protection systems are highligthed in Agenda 2030 as an important tool to reduce poverty. Different forms of Social Safety Net programs (SSNs), like cash transfers, in-kind food aid or public work programs are rapidly becoming...

2019:06

Economic Development

Evaluation

Joint Nordic Organisational Assessment of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF)

Eilis Lawlor, Kris Prasada Rao, Mira Berger, Stephen Spratt

This report is the result of a request from the Nordic Development Fund’s (NDF) Board of Directors to the Evaluation Departments at the Nordic Development Cooperation Agencies for an independent input to strategic decisions on the future...

2019:05

Democracy and Human Rights

Review

Impact of Civil Society Anti-Discrimination Initiatives: A Rapid Review

Andrew Shepherd, Dhruva Mathur, Rachel Marcus

Poor people often belong to discriminated against groups. For a sustainable reduction of poverty, it is necessary to work against discrimination and disrespect of human rights. How effective are anti-discrimination measures undertaken...

2019:July

Migration

Review

Migration and Development: The Role for Development Aid

Robert E.B Lucas

The objectives of this research overview are twofold: To provide a succinct outline of what is and is not known about the links between migration and economic development in developing countries; and to inform aid agencies about the...

2019:04

Democracy and Human Rights, Economic Development

Evaluation

Building on a Foundation Stone: The Long-Term Impacts of a Local Infrastructure and Governance...

Ariel BenYishay, Brad Parks, Christian Baehr, Daniel Aboagye, Punwath Prum, Rachel Trichler

In 1996, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and other donors worked with the Cambodian government in an attempt to rebuild confidence in public institutions and improve economic welfare by strengthening local...

2019:03

Democracy and Human Rights

Evaluation

Supporting State-Building for Democratisation? A Study of 20 Years of Swedish Democracy Aid to...

Henny Andersen, Joakim Öjendal, Karl-Anders Larsson

Since the 1990s, democracy and human rights have been an important objective in Swedish development cooperation. This study evaluates Sweden’s democracy assistance to Cambodia during the period 1997–2017. The study is based on...

2019:02

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

Fit for Fragility? An Exploration of Risk Stakeholders and Systems Inside Sida

Linnea Mills, Nilima Gulrajani

Development cooperation to fragile and vulnerable environments involves different types of risk. The study Fit for Fragility? An exploration of risk stakeholders and systems inside Sida provides an analysis of how Sida works with...

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2019:03

Climate and Environment

A Climate for Change? Political Communication and the Prospects of Large-Scale Collective Action on...

Stefan Linde

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...

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2019:01

Climate and Environment

International Acceptance of Climate Security Norms

Elin Jakobsson

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...

2019

Humanitarian Assistance

Review

Blockchain as a tool in humanitarian action - a brief overview of potential uses

Anna Bäckman

A new technological innovation wave is washing over the globalised world. You may have stumbled upon terms like IoT (Internet of Things), ICT, AI, bitcoin and blockchain. It is all about digitalisation, technology and new ways of thinking....

2019:01

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

Skandaler, opinioner och anseende: Biståndet i ett medialiserat samhälle

Karolina Windell, Maria Grafström

The aim of this report is to create an understanding of how decisionmakers within development cooperation deal with media surveillance, and what consequences their approach may have for risk-taking and decision making. This report...

2018:10

Economic Development

Evaluation

Nation Building in a Fractured Country: An Evaluation of Swedish Cooperation in Economic...

Claes Lindahl, Julie Lindahl, Mikael Söderbäck, Tamara Ivankovic

This study focuses on the theme of economic development over more than two decades of development cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The report was presented during the seminar Swedish Aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina – the Case...

2018:09

Democracy and Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance

Analysis

Underfunded Appeals: Understanding the Consequences, Improving the System

Sophia Swithern

The UN-coordinated appeals represent the largest combined request for humanitarian aid, and a central pillar of the humanitarian response architecture. In 2017, these appeals set out a record total requirement of US$25.2 billion. This was...

2018:08

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

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...

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2018

Organisation and Management of Aid

Review

In Pursuit of Per Diem - Donor and Recipient Practices of Per Diem Payment

Arne Tostensen

Increasing emphasis on capacity-building and training activities as a proportion of donors’ country programmes has drawn attention to per diem practices. This report discusses the uses and abuses of per diem payments, predominantly by...

2018:07

Equality, Public Administration

Evaluation

Putting Priority into Practice: Sida’s Implementation of its Plan for Gender Integration

Elin Bjarnegård, Fredrik Uggla

The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) commissioned an evaluation that followed Sida’s work over time through an ongoing research project. The report is a systematic follow-up which examines the plan for gender integration that has been...

2018

Public Administration

The Rise and Fall of Budget Support in Swedish Development Cooperation

Karl-Anders Larsson

Budget support is the aid modality that best complies with the principles for aid effectiveness and it has been stated in several Swedish government documents since 2000 that its share of total Swedish aid should increase. It increased up...

2018:06

Democracy and Human Rights

Analysis

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

Åsa Eldén, Paul T. Levin

The notion of a shrinking space describes a global trend whereby activists’ and civil society organizations’ freedom to organize and operate is circumscribed by increasingly repressive and authoritarian governments. Turkey is often...

2018:04

Public Administration

Review

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

Geske Dijkstra

Budget support is an aid instrument that is not linked to projects and that is freely spendable by recipient governments. Budget support volumes have declined in recent years. This report examines the extent to which this reduced interest...

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2018

Climate and Environment

Weather and Conflicts in Afghanistan

Monir Elias Bounadi

This Working Paper combine high-resolution data on temperature and precipitation with georeferenced data on conflict events to explore the link between local weather variations and conflict incidence for all districts of Afghanistan...

2018:03

Organisation and Management of Aid

Evaluation

How Predictable is Swedish Aid? A Study of Exchange Rate Volatility

Númi Östlund

Sweden generally disburses development aid in SEK, while most partner countries, implementation organisations and recipients work in other currencies. This EBA report examines the effects of disbursing Swedish bilateral aid in Swedish...

2018:02

Humanitarian Assistance, Migration

Review

Building Bridges Between International Humanitarian and Development Responses to Forced Migration

Alexander Kocks, Hanne Roggeman, Helge Roxin, Ruben Wedel

How to improve the linkages between emergency assistance and more long-term aid is a recurring question for actors operating in crisis situations around the world. In this EBA study researchers from the German Institute for Development...

2018:05

Health and Social Protection

Other

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...

2018:04

Health and Social Protection

Other

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...

2018:03

Health and Social Protection

Other

Closing the Quality Gap - Investigating Health System Bottlenecks and Quality Improvement...

Ulrika Baker

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...

2018

Evaluation of Aid, Public Administration

Mapping

Volatility in Swedish Aid: the Case of Six Long-term Partner Countries

Matilda Svedberg

Looking specifically at the case of Sweden, this working paper aims to provide insight to research and policies concerning aid volatility and generate comparable estimates of volatility in foreign...

2018:01

Economic Development

Evaluation

DFIs and Development Impact: an Evaluation of Swedfund

Justin Flynn, Peter O'Flynn, Stephen Spratt

Investments in companies to achieve developmental effects are becoming increasingly important in development cooperation. Swedfund, the Development Finance Institution of the Swedish state, has the task of investing in poor countries...

2018:April

Public Administration

Mapping

Sweden’s Development Support to Tax Systems

Klas Markensten

More financing, including taxes, is needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. At the Addis Ababa conference 2015 the Addis Tax Initiative was launched, in which donors were asked to double their technical assistance to taxation by...

2018

Equality

Evaluation

On-going Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming at Sida – Second Report

Elin Bjarnegård, Fredrik Uggla, Hanna Barvaeus

The Expert for Aid Studies decided in 2016 to initiate "on-going evaluation" on the efforts to strengthen gender mainstreaming at Sida until 2018. This is the second report from the evaluation. In total, two interim reports and a final EBA...

2018:02

Organisation and Management of Aid

Other

The Rise and Fall of 'Results Initiatives' in Swedish Development Aid

Janet Vähämäki

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,...

2018:01

Health and Social Protection

Other

Beyond an Instrumental Approach to Religion and Development - Challenges for Church-based...

Josephine Sundqvist

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...

2017:12

Evaluation of Aid

Evaluation

Longevity and Vitality: What do Evaluations say About the Sustainability of Swedish Development...

Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys

This study aims to examine what evaluations can tell us about sustainability in Swedish aid projects. Sustainability, in this sense, refers to the viability and longevity of achievements financed by development aid once financing is...

2017

Evaluation of Aid

Description of method

Analytical Framework for Portfolio Analyses of Swedish Development Cooperation

Annika Nilsson, Johanna Lindgren Garcia

This report introduces a generic model for portfolio analyses of Swedish bilateral development cooperation, which can be replicated across countries and sectors. A portfolio analysis of Mozambique and Palestine is conducted based on the...

2017:11

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

Sweden's Financing of UN Funds and Programmes: Analyzing the Past, Looking to the Future

Nina Connelly, Stephen Browne, Thomas G Weiss

Assistance channelled through the United Nations should be seen in the context of the broader development landscape, which is undergoing constant change. Donor’s funding of UN Funds and Programmes has become increasingly earmarked over...

2017

Climate and Environment

The Impact of Foreign Aid on Local Deforestation

Nicklas Nordfors

In collaboration with the Master’s Programme at the Department of Economics, Stockholm University, the EBA regularly engages as Master’s thesis co-supervisors. A successfully graded thesis may be published as an EBA Working Paper....

2017

Health and Social Protection

Plant Pests and Child Health: Evidence from Locust Infestations in West Africa

Evelina Linnros

In collaboration with the Master’s Programme at the Department of Economics, Stockholm University, the EBA regularly engages as Master’s thesis co-supervisors. A successfully graded thesis may be published as an EBA Working Paper....

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2017:10

Democracy and Human Rights, Public Administration

Analysis

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

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

The time has come for a full-fledged roadmap to evidence-based anti-corruption. Testing the toolkit of anti-corruption consultants, it is found that the few workable tools are functioning only in contexts where domestic agency exists....

2017:09

Evaluation of Aid

Description of method

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. A rapid expansion in the availability of sub-nationally...

2017:10

Organisation and Management of Aid

Other

Results and Ownership in Swedish Development Cooperation

Therese Brolin

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...

2017:09

Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

Peace and Politics: Promoting Durable Solutions to Communal Conflicts

Emma Elfversson

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...

2017:08

Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

Peacemaking Up Close: Explaining Mediator Styles of International Mediators

Mathilda Lindgren

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 is a...

2017:04

Education and Research, Health and Social Protection

Other

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 thesis,...

2017:07

Education and Research, Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

Educating for Peace - A Theological Task in Contemporary Times

Sara Gehlin

Sara Gehlin's 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 inter-confessional dialogue. This project is carried out...

2017:06

Health and Social Protection

Other

Increasing Access to Abortion

Susanne Sjöström

Susanne Sjöström is an obstetrician at Danderyds sjukhus. She defended her thesis Increasing access to abortion - perspectives on provider availability in different settings at Karolinska institutet in Januari 2017. Her work has been...

2017:05

Health and Social Protection

Other

The Quest for Maternal Survival in Rwanda – Paradoxes in Policy and Practice

Jessica Påfs

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 of...

2017:03

Education and Research, Health and Social Protection

Other

Moving Upstream: Gender Norms and Emerging Sexual Experiences in Early Adolescence

Anna Kågesten

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 of Public...

2017:02

Education and Research, Health and Social Protection

Other

Strategy for Supporting Low-income Countries in Building a Midwifery Profession

Malin Bogren

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...

2017:01

Organisation and Management of Aid

Other

Exporting Agrarian Expertise: Development Aid at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences...

Karl Bruno

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...

2017:08

Education and Research

Evaluation

Research Capacity in the New Global Development Agenda

Måns Fellesson

This study starts out from the fact that the main determinant of poverty in many low-income countries today is not a lack of natural resources or geographical marginality, but a lack of trained, specialised individuals who could generate...

2017:07

Education and Research

Analysis

Research Aid Revisited – a Historically Grounded Analysis of Future Prospects and Policy Options

David Nilsson, Sverker Sörlin

Research aid was institutionalised in the 1970s as part of Sweden’s growing ambitions on the international development aid scene. This ambition was driven by several motives, such as international solidarity but also economic and foreign...

2017:06

Evaluation of Aid

Analysis

Confronting the Contradiction - an Exploration into the Dual Purpose of Accountability and Learning...

Desmond MchNeil, Hilde Reinersten, Kristina Bjorkdahl

Learning is a key purpose of aid evaluation. So why do aid organisations not learn more from their own experiences? More specifically, why do they not learn more from their own evaluations? Yet learning is but one part of the...

2017:05

Peace, Security and Conflict

Review

Local Peacebuilding - challenges and opportunities

Hanna Leonardsson, Joakim Öjendal, Martin Lundqvist

Peacebuilding has grown to become a prominent global practice and research theme. Peacebuilding projects have been set up in (post-)conflict societies across the globe with the aim of securing sustainable peace. Yet such positive...

2017:04

Organisation and Management of Aid

Other

Enprocentmålet - en kritisk essä

Lars Anell

The aim to set aside one per cent of Sweden’s GNI for development cooperation, the one per cent target, is an expression of Sweden’s solidarity with the poorer parts of the world. It was agreed by the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament)...

2017:03

Health and Social Protection

Review

Animal Health in Development – Its Role for Poverty Reduction and Human Welfare

Arvid Uggla, Jonathan Rushton, Ulf Magnusson

Agricultural development is the basis for economic growth in lowincome countries, with animal production constituting a major component of their agricultural economies. Around 750 million livestock keepers in the world are living on less...

2017

Equality

Evaluation

On-going Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming at Sida - First report

Elin Bjarnegård, Fredrik Uggla

The Expert for Aid Studies decided in 2016 to initiate “on-going evaluation” on the efforts to strengthen gender mainstreaming at Sida until 2018. This first report presents the researcher’s "baseline" focusing on gender integration...

2017:02

Democracy and Human Rights, Equality

Review

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

Anna Mdee, Ella Page, Rachel Marcus

Discrimination on grounds of gender, against particular ethnic groups, on grounds of age, caste, disability or religion is a violation of human rights and an important factor contributing to the high rates of poverty among many...

2017:01

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

Making Waves: Implications of the Irregular Migration and Refugee Situation on Official Development...

Andrew Sheriff, Anna Knoll

Increasingly high numbers of refugees and migrants have come to Europe over the past five years seeking protection. Reception systems for migrants and asylum seekers have increasingly been under strain. To investigate the response of...

2016:11

Economic Development, Organisation and Management of Aid

Review

Revitalising the Policy for Global Development

Per Molander

The present report discusses, on the basis of recent social-science literature, policies for global development and development cooperation from the perspective of a small, non-aligned country. The report is based on a review of...

2016:10

Public Administration

Other

Taxation and Government Quality

Rasmus Broms

Rasmus Broms  is a researcher at the Department of Political Science, Gothenburg University, Quality of Government (QoG) Institute. He defended his dissertation Taxation and Government Quality in March 2016. This summary of his...

2016:09

Education and Research

Other

How does China Challenge the IMF’s Power in Africa?

Johanna Malm

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...

2016:08

Democracy and Human Rights, Public Administration

Anti-corruption Reform – Evolution or Big Bang?

Anders Sundell

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 ....

Background pattern

2016:December

Organisation and Management of Aid

Mapping

Reclassification or Reprioritisation? The Sector Allocation of Swedish Official Development...

Ulrika Ahrsjö

Working paper "Reclassification or Reprioritisation? The Sector Allocation of Swedish Official Development Assistance 1973-2013" written by Ulrika Ahrsjö....

2016

Economic Development, Public Administration

Mapping

Sweden's Economic Relationships with Uganda

Anton Ståhl, Arne Bigsten, John Åke Andersson, Per-Åke Andersson

Working paper"Sweden's economic relationships with Uganda". Authors: Arne Bigsten, John Åke Andersson, Per-Åke Andersson, Anton...

2016:10

Economic Development, Public Administration

Evaluation

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

David Carpenter, Julie Thaarup, Mark McGillivray, Oliver Morrissey

Sweden’s official aid policy began in 1962. The Government Bill (1962:100) describes how the first steps were taken in the Swedish-Tanzanian aid relationship as early as 1961, when the ‘Nordic Committee of Ministers for the...

2016:09

Organisation and Management of Aid

Evaluation

Exploring Donorship - Internal Factors in Swedish Aid to Uganda

Stein-Erik Kruse

Several country studies have tried to measure and assess long-term aggregate impact of external support and end up presenting findings with weak empirical foundation. The learning for the donor – about how to improve its own aid...

2016:08

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

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

Lisa Román, Måns Fellesson

The spirit of the Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) is mirrored in the recently adopted Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sweden has a comparatively long tradition of PCD through its Swedish version, the Policy...

2016:07

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

Towards an Alternative Development Management Paradigm?

Cathy Shutt

International development cooperation wants to make a difference and for their work to have ‘results’ on the lives of poor or marginalised people. It was this motivation that led to the 2005 Paris Declaration’s focus on results....

2016:Juni

Economic Development, Public Administration

Other

Is Development Aid a Complement or a Substitute to Foreign Direct Investment?

Ulrika Ahrsjö

Working paper "Is Development Aid a Complement or a Substitute to Foreign Direct Investment?", Ulrika Ahrsjö....

2018:05

Organisation and Management of Aid

Mapping

Who makes the decisions on Swedish aid funding? An overview

Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the financial governance of Swedish ODA at the national level. Many different stakeholders at various levels are involved in the decisionmaking process for Swedish aid including the...

2016:05

Evaluation of Aid

Description of method

Pathways to Change: Evaluating Development Interventions with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Barbara Befani

In the search for new, more rigorous and more appropriate methods for development evaluation, one key task is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a broad range of different methods. This report makes a contribution in this sense...

2016:04

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

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...

2016:06

Equality

Other

Women in African Natural Resource Booms

Anja Tolonen

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"...

2016:05

Democracy and Human Rights, Equality, Humanitarian Assistance

Other

Beyond the Buzzwords: Approaches to Gender in Humanitarian Aid

Elisabeth Olivius

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...

2016:03

Education and Research

Review

Capturing Complexity and Context: Evaluating Aid to Education

Jane Leer, Joel Samoff, Michelle Reddy

Formal evaluations of aid to education have become more frequent, more systematic, and more important in subsequent policy and programmatic decisions. What do we learn from that increasing volume of evaluations? The objective of this...

2016:01

Education and Research

Review

Education in Developing Countries what Policies and Programmes Affect Learning and Time in School?

The study is a synthesis of high quality and rigorous evaluations in the field of education aid in order to direct the Swedish government’s education aid strategy toward investments that have been shown to result in positive impacts on...

Background pattern

2015:01

Business, Democracy and 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...

2016:01

Public Administration

Analysis

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...

2015:09

Climate and Environment

Review

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

International development assistance is increasingly shaped by climate change concerns.  Climate interventions have become an increasingly important part of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), reaching 15 % of the total bilateral ODA,...

2015:08

Democracy and Human Rights, Economic Development, Public Administration

Evaluation

Business and Human Rights in Development Cooperation – Has Sweden Incorporated the UN Guiding...

Rasmus Kløcker Larsen, Sandra Atler

In recent years there has been an increased focus on the role of business and private sector activities in international development cooperation. Meanwhile, there are well documented challenges in implementing policy coherence to address...

2016:04

Democracy and Human Rights, Economic Development, Education and Research

Other

Child education, child labor and the agricultural economy

Elin Vimefall

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...

2016:03

Education and Research

Other

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...

2016:02

Organisation and Management of Aid

Other

The when and why of helping: individual and organizational decision making from a psychological...

Arvid Erlandsson

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...

2016:01

Education and Research

Other

Going with the flow or swimming against the current? Interplay of formal rules, informal norms and...

Yumiko Yasuda

This DDB introduces key findings from broader research that aimed at understanding the influence of formal and informal rules and norms on civil society...

2015:07

Public Administration

Review

Making Development Work: The Quality of Government Approach

Bo Rothstein, Marcus Tannenberg

Institutional development and corruption have been a major concern in international development cooperation for decades. In the report, the authors address the question of why the development agenda has failed, and what donors should do to...

Background pattern

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Making Development Work: The Quality of Government Approach

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...

2015:05

Economic Development, Public Administration

Analysis

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

Matt Andrews

Many donors are working on Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms in developing countries, but these reforms are commonly limited. Observers suggest that the impact can be improved if reforms are designed and implemented in a more...

2015:06

Economic Development, Public Administration

Review

Now Open for Business: Joint Development Initiatives between the Private and Public Sectors in...

Ari Kokko, Hanna Norberg, Sara Johansson da Silva

Private investment to developing countries has surged since the 1990s with notable impacts on local economies and living standards. This increase the pressure to form new partnerships between private and public actors, so called "Joint...

2015:04

Economic Development, Education and Research

Review

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....

2015:07

Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

Aiding the End of Conflict? Reintegrating Ex-Combatants in Colombia

Michael Jonsson

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....

2015:06

Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

Causes of Communal Conflicts – Government Bias, Elites, and Conditions for Cooperation

Johan Brosche

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...

2015:05

Equality, Peace, Security and Conflict

Other

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...

2015:04

Democracy and Human Rights

Other

Public Participation in Constitution Building; An Effective Strategy for Enhancing Democracy?

Abrak Saati

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...

2015:03

Organisation and Management of Aid

Evaluation

Concentration difficulties? An analysis of Swedish aid proliferation

Rune Hagen

One of the major points on the so called Paris Agenda on aid effectiveness was the negative effects of aid dispersion – the fact there are too many donors funding too many activities in too many recipient countries. Sweden has undertaken...

2015:02

Evaluation of Aid

Mapping

Utvärdering av svenskt bistånd - en kartläggning

Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys

An essential difference between international aid and other publicly financed activities is that development cooperation occurs abroad. Both learning and holding decision makers to account is complicated by geographical distance and the...

2015:01

Democracy and Human Rights

Analysis

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...

2014:05

Organisation and Management of Aid

Mapping

Svenskt statligt internationellt bistånd i Sverige: en översikt

Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys

One way to define and understand official development assistance (ODA) is as a donor country's total costs for its work to achieve its aid policy goals The aim of this study is to chart out the part of Swedish development assistance...

2014:04

Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

The African Development Bank – Ready to Face the Challenges of the Future?

Christopher Humphrey

A significant part of Swedish development assistance is channeled through multilateral development banks. One of these is the African Development Bank, AfDB. The Africa focus of Swedish development assistance makes the bank an important...

2015

Organisation and Management of Aid

Mapping

Data - Swedish international aid in Sweden

The study Svenskt statligt internationellt bistånd i Sverige – en översikt (2014:05) maps out how Swedish international aid has been evaluated during 2013. The data used in the report is available...

2014:03

Democracy and Human Rights

Mapping, Review

International Party Assistance - What do we know about the effects?

Lars G Svåsand

International party assistance (IPA) has become part of the international efforts to assist new democracies, andhence part of international democracy assistance. Well-functioning parties and party-systems are considered to perform...

2015:03

Health and Social Protection, Public Administration

Other

Transformative Social Policy in Development? Demystifying Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin...

Johan Sandberg

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...

2015:02

Education and Research

Other

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...

2015:01

Democracy and Human Rights

Other

Institutional Impediments and Reluctant Actors - The Limited Role of Democracy Aid in Democratic...

Agnes Cornell

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...

2014:02

Health and Social Protection

Analysis

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

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

In 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 middle-income...

2014

Economic Development, Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

Poverty Focus in Selected Swedish Aid portfolios

Mats Hårsmar

...

2014

Economic Development, Organisation and Management of Aid

Analysis

The Poverty Focus of Swedish Bilateral Aid: a Comparativ Analysis

Bob Baulch

...

2013

Organisation and Management of Aid

Mapping

Mapping of Swedish multilateral development aid during the 1997 – 2012 period

Mapsec

The purpose of this study was twofold. One task was to find out how Swedish support to multilateral organisations has evolved over the last 15 years. Another purpose was to investigate what information could be found in publically...

2014:01

Evaluation of Aid

Description of method

Randomized Controlled Trials: Strengths, Weaknesses and Policy Relevance

Anders Olofsgård

The report explores the role of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in evaluations of the impact of aid-financed activities. The first part looks at how RCTs have been used in research and practice to promote evidence-based development...