Editorial from ROAPE Volume 9 Number 23
Scandinavian Perspectives on Africa

Scandinavian Perspectives on Africa
Vol.9 No.23 (Spring 1982), pp5-8
This issue of the Review has been guest edited by Scandinavian associates. We appreciate their initiatives in thus bringing together work by Scandinavian scholars - Editorial Working Group. Development research and a radical commitment to the Third World are relatively recent phenomena in Scandinavia. It was only in the late fifties and early sixties, spurred by decolonisation in Africa and the development of foreign aid programmes, that public debate really started. At first, foreign aid programmes were basically humanitarian, initiated by voluntary organisations of which the most active were the church organisations and the mission societies. Only later did state-organised aid programmes develop with their characteristically Scandinavian social democratic policy.