Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
Anders Danielson and Lennart Wohlgemuth
Swedish Development Cooperation in Perspective
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
- 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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