Improving the world? Swedish development assistance during three decades

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 4995000 SEK


The purpose of this project is to investigate the emergence, consolidation and transformation of Swedish development assistance from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s.This period covers the epoch in which the United Nations launched its first development program; the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) was established as a public authority with administrative responsibility for Swedish development assistance; and finally the ambition to commit one percent of the Swedish GDI to development aid was fulfilled. Despite Sweden´s intense participation in the international aid community, there is still a noticeable shortage of research on Swedish aid governance based on public and private historical archives. Our approach differs from previous studies in the sense that we treat development aid as a political process. Our basic question deals with the interplay between policy formation and implementation. Building on theoretical perspectives derived from historical and social science policy research, we focus on the aid issues from principal debates and political decisions to their actual execution on the local level. What happened when the Swedish government´s aid policies were converted into local field projects in the developing countries?

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