DDB-seminar: Drivers for development: advocacy, diversification, donations and endowments

20 January,

January 2016, kl. 15:00–17:00 (coffee and tea from 14:30)

Pressrummet, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Fredsgatan 6, Stockholm

In the Expert Group for Aid Studies’ (EBA) Development Dissertation Briefs seminar series, recent PhDs present their research, focusing on its relevance for Swedish development cooperation. This is an opportune moment for actors in development cooperation to learn not only about recent research but also about Swedish researchers or researchers active in Sweden with competence within their field.

The four dissertation briefs presented at this seminar, Going With the Flow or Swimming aAainst the Current? Interplay of Formal Rules, Informal Norms and NGO Advocacy Stategies,  The When and Why of Helping: Individual and Organizational Decision Making From a Psychological Perspective, Child Education, Child Labour and the Agricultural Economy samt Path Dependent Possibilities of Transformation: Agricultural Change and Economic Development in North and South Vietnam, address a number of perspectives at the heart of the development policy and practice such as: What are the psychological mechanisms behind peoples’ choices to give money to charities or other civil society organisations? How do rules and norms affect civil society actors’ advocacy strategies? What is the role of factor endowments for economic development? How are household structures, and human capital formation, related to income diversification strategies?

These presentations form the basis for a discussion on the implications for Swedish development cooperation with Gun Eriksson Skoog, Senior Policy Specialist, Sida, and Magnus Björk, External Cooperation Advisor, Forum Syd.



15.00 Introduction, – Eva Lithman, EBA (coffee and tea from 14:30)

15.05 Presentation of the EBA Development Dissertation Briefs:

The when and why of helping – Arvid Erlandsson

Child education, child labor and the agricultural economy – Elin Vimefall

Path dependent possibilities of transformation – Montserrat López Jerez

Formal rules, informal norms and NGO advocacy strategies – Yumiko Yasuda

16.05 Discussion: Gun Eriksson Skoog, Magnus Björk, Arvid Erlandsson, Elin Vimefall, Montserrat López Jerez, Yumiko Yasuda. Moderator: Eva Lithman

16.55 Concluding remarks

Sign up: No later than Monday 18 January at: eba.seminarium@gov.se or via www.eba.se.


Arvid Erlandsson, PhD, 2015, Department of Psychology, Lund University (Underlying psychological mechanisms of helping effects: Examining the when × why of charitable giving)

Elin Vimefall, PhD, 2015, Department of Economics, Örebro University (Essays on Child Education, Child Labor and the Agricultural Economy)

Montserrat López Jerez, PhD, 2014, School of Economics and Management, Lund University (Deltas Apart – Factor Endowments, Colonial Extraction and Pathways of Agricultural Development in Vietnam)

Yumiko Yasuda, PhD, 2014, Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee (Going with the flow or swimming against the current? The influence of rules and norms on advocacy strategies of NGO coalitions along the Mekong River)

Gun Eriksson Skoog, PhD, Senior Policy Specialist Employment, Sida

Magnus Björk, External Cooperation Advisor, Forum Syd

Eva Lithman, member of the EBA