People first

We are committed to enabling people to get a better life. The individual person is always the focus of our work. Here you will meet some people involved in Swedish development assistance. Let them explain how their situation has changed.

  • The vast numbers of new refugees meant a real challenge for the small clinic in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Many of them were seriously ill, but had no money to pay to see a doctor or for medication and the clinic with its scarce ...
  • When the armed conflict in Mali flared up in 2012, many people ended up in the middle of the contending parties. Alhader Ag Azar was one of many who took his entire family and fled to the neighbouring country Burkina Faso. He appreciates the safety ...
  • Wife-beating is a generally accepted form of domestic violence in one third of Mozambican households. A new generation of guys like Adao Joao Paia is taking a stand against this rugged mentality, by bringing men into the kitchen and changing their ...
  • Growing up in Mozambique is not easy. Two-thirds of Maputo’s urban population is under 25, and many of these youngsters are unaware of the health risks and myths related to alcohol, drugs and sexuality. In 2007, nineteen-year Nilza dos Santos took ...
  • The lounge next to the dining room in Kenya's parliament looks like a classic men's club interior with dark, deep leather armchairs. But today there are not just men in suits using them anymore; they have had to make way for some women too. Cecily ...
  • David Wambua is committed to his local organization in the village Eyani, a few hours north of Nairobi. With increased knowledge, the villagers can give advice to the leaders about budgets and investments, and they can also hold them accountable ...
  • At first glance, it is hard to believe that the dark little room is a recording studio. In the middle there is a round table where a few members of the editorial team are discussing the content of next season on the reality show, Ruka Juu, a contest ...
  • The small store is no more than four square metres in size. Hanging on the walls are mobile phone covers and other accessories in a variety of garish colours wrapped in cellophane. On the small work bench lie piles of broken mobile phones waiting to ...
  • It is warm inside the laboratory despite the air-conditioning. Around the table stands a group of young students who are collecting DNA from yeast fungus (blastomycete). They are all students of microbiology and have Dr Donatha Tibuhwa as their ...
  • Located in Khayelitsha, South Africa, LAMEC is an advisory office for workers. Here, Veronica Mente receives reports on unpaid wages and unfair dismissals. She can often resolve the problem by informing the employer about the applicable legislation.

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