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One Per Cent for Development: Rationales of Swedish Donorship
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
2014 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sweden has been one of the major providers of development aid to Third World countries, measured in per cent of the gross national income (GNI). Since the mid-1970s the country has always surpassed the 0.7 per cent goal propagated by the United Nations and sometimes exceeded the own, more ambitious goal of one per cent. The paper examines a variety of explanations for this extraordinary donor behavior and concludes that it may best be explained by ideological and strategic considerations made public by Swedish decision makers on both the national and the global level. Development aid has been an investment in international prestige and influence and, during the Cold War, also a marker of Swedish non-alignment in security policy matters. At the same time, the consonance of having a comprehensive domestic welfare system alongside the idea that international assistance should be given to those in need has given the country a consistent image. Domestically, development aid has been an issue that created an opportunity for social democrats to characterize the centre-right parties as divided on a foreign policy issue.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Development Aid, Global South
National Category
History Globalization Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-25604DiVA: diva2:773930
Conference
The Yale Conference on Baltic & Scandinavian Studies, New Haven, March 13-15, 2014.
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Note

cf. the publication

Ann-Marie Ekengren and Norbert Götz. “The One Per Cent Country: Sweden’s Internalisation of the Aid Norm.” Saints and Sinners: Official Development Aid and its Dynamics in a Historical and Comparative Perspective. Thorsten Borring Olesen, Helge Ø. Pharo, and Kristian Paaskesen (eds). Oslo: Akademika, 2013. 21–49.

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