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No 2003:8:
Swedish Development Cooperation in Perspective

Anders Danielson and Lennart Wohlgemuth

Abstract: This paper summarizes some salient features of Swedish foreign aid with particular emphasis on the recent decade. We point to a number of problems including selection of partner countries, changes induced by the EU membership, lack of an explicit development theory to guide the choice of modalities, and inconsistencies between rhetoric and practice on a number of issues. Although Swedish development cooperation is progressive in comparison to that of other DAC members, there are signs of policy convergence and the existing situation still leaves a lot to be desired. In particular, a number of recent reforms have either not been implemented on the ground or simply been a reformulation of old ideas in modern terminology. In a sense, then, Swedish aid philosophy is despite frequent and major reforms characterised by stability and continuity.

Keywords: Development cooperation; foreign aid; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F35; O19; (follow links to similar papers)

31 pages, June 6, 2003

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This paper is published as:
Danielson, Anders and Lennart Wohlgemuth, (2005), 'Swedish Development Cooperation in Perspective' in Stokke, Olav and Paul Hoebink (eds.) Perspectives on European Development Cooperation, chapter 15, Routledge, ISBN 0415368545.

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