In 2012, United National Movement (UNM), the party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation works with in Georgia lost the parliamentary elections. At the moment, UNM is in the middle of a transformation process, often followed by a loss of election. However, UNM has both lost and gained new members. Meanwhile, polls show that the support for the current Georgian Dream coalition government is decreasing with disappointed people still waiting for its promises to be realized. (more…)

October 17-20, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation visited the Moderate Party Congress in Norrköping, Sweden, to inform about our work and activities for the delegates and guests at the convention.

A delegation including politicians from the centre-right parties in Norway and Finland visited the conference as well. Anne-Mari Virolainen, member of the Finnish parliament and deputy chairman of the National Coalition Party, and from Norway Thomas Berg Olsen, head of organization at Höyre, Tord Bergesen, international secretary at Höyre, Eirik Moen, secretary general of IDU and Ingjerd Schou, vice president at Stortinget met with Swedish policy makers and followed the debate.

Våra utländska gäster från Norge och Finland med stadsminister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Our Nordic representatives from Finland and Norway with the Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (middle)

The congress gathered around 200 delegates from across the country. The meeting adopted a new action program for the party and a number of propositions. The Moderate Party’s list with candidates for the European parliament elections was being appointed as well.

Moderate politicians play an important role as volunteers in the foundation’s work.

 

Margaretha af Ugglas, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Chairman of JHS

Margaretha af Ugglas, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and former JHS Chairman

March 21, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised a seminar in Stockholm for local and regional politicians from the Swedish Moderate party on how we work to support democracy and on Swedish democracy aid. (more…)

Wednesday November 14, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a seminar on how we work and on Swedish democracy support, for politicians from the Moderate party. The training is part of our effort to inform our network in Sweden about how we support the development of democratic political systems around the world. (more…)

Secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has elected Minister for Development Assistance Gunilla Carlsson to be part of the United Nations’ new high-level panel on global sustainability.

– I am happy to be a part of this panel on such an important issue for all of humanity. It is also an acknowledgement of Sweden’s very goal-oriented work for a sustainable environment – for people in both developed and developing countries, says Minister for Development Assistance Gunilla Carlsson.

Minister Gunilla Carlsson and Ambassador Matthew Barzun.

Freedom, Aid and Democracy were the theme of a seminar hosted by the Hjalmarson Foundation on the Convention of the Moderate Party for local and regional decision makers.

“The number of internet users has doubled since 2005” Hanna Hellquist, State Secretary at the MFA and the Moderator of the session, opened the seminar.  She then introduced the two panelists, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunilla Carlsson and the US Ambassador Matthew Barzun. (more…)

The Swedish Government has decided to to support the victims in Libya. Sweden will contribute SEK 33 million and flights for humanitarian evacuation.

The Government has decided that Swedish Hercules aircrafts, already in place in Malta as part of a consular evacuation operation, can be used by the UN Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist with the evacuation of individuals in difficulty at the Tunisian border.

The Foreign Ministry has announced that the development aid agency Sida will contribute a total of SEK 33 million in response to appeals from humanitarian agencies working in the region.

 

Christian Holm, MP for the Moderate Party, Chairman of the Parliamentary Belarus Network and a member of the JHS board is traveling with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt to Warsaw to attend the international donors’ conference, “Solidarity with Belarus”. 

“Sweden is prepared to increase support to the Belarusian civil society,” reads the title of a press release that the State Department published prior to Carl Bildt’s visit to Poland on February 2, 2011. In addition to Christian Holm, Robert Hårdh, Civil Rights Defenders, is part of the Swedish delegation.

“I expect that the meeting will recognize enhanced measures to support the civil society in Belarus” says Mr. Bildt. “Including the support to various volunteer organizations, media, aa well as the Swedish political foundations working for the democratization process in Belarus.”

The European Commission wants to speed up EU’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Commission proposes better effectiveness of aid by  coordination of national aid programmes. The action plan sets out a possible EU position ahead of the UN Summit on the MDGs this September.

In 2009, the EU aid level has slightly decreased and amounted €49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI, leaving the EU far from meeting the intermediate collective target of 0,56% GNI by 2010, before reaching 0.7% EU GNI by 2015. The EU remains the most generous global donor, providing over half of global aid. (more…)

A common criticism of an increased result orientation in development aid is that it embraces values that may be difficult to measure. In an open letter to the Minister for Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, who has been a strong advocate of measurement reforms, several SIDA officials recently raised such concerns.

However, there are no reasons why aid should not be measurable, or at least be designed to allow for measuring. At a seminar, hosted by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv), Professor Abhijit Benerjee, development economist at the MIT Department of Economics, discussed how scientific methods such as statistics and control groups, could be used to raise aid quality and cost efficiency. (more…)