On 29 May, we commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers and, in Sweden, the Veterans Day, paying tribute to individuals who have served in peace operations. All of those who contribute to peace operations in an effort to make this world a better place are worthy of great praise. In acknowledgement of their commitment and sacrifices, and with the unmistakable goal of enabling and building peace and security in conflict-torn and -prone countries, we ... Läs hela inlägget »

Starting off as a research initiative, FBA’s work on exploring linkages between the rule of law and public administration in peacebuilding and development gradually scaled up to one of the largest projects that the agency is implementing bilaterally, the project on local self-government and rule of law in Ukraine. Within the span of several years it has, quite entrepreneurially, engaged with a variety of actors that have jointly been working on promoting rights’ based serviced delivery ... Läs hela inlägget »

For those of us who have worked abroad for FBA over the years, there is a certain familiar pattern one gets used to in this very particular world. Times of excitement, challenge, and high activity come with a new assignment in an international mission or position in the field, followed by periods of rest and recovery after a completed task, followed by patience (and impatience) waiting and hoping for new opportunities to continue one’s career. For ... Läs hela inlägget »

För ett par veckor sedan var jag och kollegan Maja på plats i Paynesville strax utanför Monrovia i Liberia, där över 200 unga samlats för att under ett par dagar diskutera ett antal frågor som på ett eller annat vis påverkar ungas vardag. Entrepenörskap, deltagande i politiska processer, konflikthantering, integritet och kulturyttringar stod på agendan.

Konferensen var den allra första i sitt slag i Liberia och flera av de unga som deltog hade aldrig tidigare besökt huvudstaden. ... Läs hela inlägget »