Ownership in a New Era of Development Cooperation

18 december, 14:00-15:30, Hörsalen, Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm.

What happens to ownership when development cooperation increasingly moves from bilateral relations to broader cooperation with a multitude of actors involved?

Ownership is linked to effectiveness and sustainability in development cooperation, as has been stated in the Paris declaration and Agenda 2030. That a country should lead and own its development is an important principle in Swedish development cooperation.

For ownership to remain a guiding principle in development cooperation, we need to find new ways of working and governing it, according to a new report published by the Expert Group for Aid Studies.

Seeking balanced ownership in changing development cooperation relationships explores Sweden’s approach to ownership and gives substantial recommendations for policy and practice. The study also includes two country case studies; Liberia and Rwanda, both partner countries  for Swedish development cooperation.

At this seminar the report will be presented, followed by a panel discussion with representatives from, among others, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sida.


Gun-Britt Andersson, vice chair of the EBA

Presentation of the report
Dr Niels Keijzer, researcher, Trans- and International Cooperation Programme, German Development Institute, DIE

Charlotte Örnemark, Independent Consultant

Panel discussion
Dr Stephan Klingebiel, Co-Chair, Trans- and International Cooperation Programme, German Development Institute, DIE

Karin Metell Cueva, Head of the Capacity Development Unit, Department for Partnership and Innovation at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Johanna Teague, Deputy Director, Head of Methods Section, Department for International Development Cooperation, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lennart Wohlgemuth, guest professor at School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University and member of FUF

Georg Andrén, Secretary General, Diakonia

Moderator: Gun-Britt Andersson, vice chair of the EBA