Göran Hydén: Norway, a ‘last outpost’ where politicians steer aid research

Norwegian politicians control the development research agenda through their tight grip on funds, a recent evaluation concludes. This, researchers say, has resulted in a lack of critical, independent work in the field.

Göran Hydén, the Swedish Africa scholar based at the University of Florida, calls Norway a “last outpost" where politicians continue to wield influence over the priorities of development researchers.

Göran Hydén

Göran Hydén, University of Florida.


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