The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate The Delivery of Aid2017. Ithaca, NY. Cornell University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Discrimination and ethnic conflict: a dyadic analysis of politically-excluded groups in sub-Saharan Africa, L Alcorta, HJ Swedlund, and J Smits. International Interactions, Online First. Available at:

The rise and fall of budget support: Ownership, bargaining and donor commitment problems in foreign aid. HJ Swedlund and M Lierl. Development Policy Review, Online First. Available at:

The ‘Dark Side’of Social Capital: A Cross-National Examination of the Relationship Between Social Capital and Violence in Africa. L Alcorta, J Smits, HJ Swedlund, and E de Jong. Social Indicators Research, Online First. Available at:

Rwanda’s post-genocide foreign aid relations: Revisiting notions of exceptionalism, ME Desrosiers and HJ Swedlund. 2019. African Affairs, 118 (472), 435-462. Available at:

Inequality and ethnic conflict in sub-Saharan Africa, L. Alcorta, J. Smits and HJ Swedlund. 2018. Social Forces, 97(2): 769-792. Available at:

Can foreign aid donors credibly threaten to suspend aid? Evidence from a cross-national survey of donor officials, HJ Swedlund. 2017. Review of International Political Economy, 24(3): 454- 496. Available at:

Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?, HJ Swedlund.2017. International Affairs. 93(2): 389-408. Available at:

From donorship to ownership? budget support and donor influence in Rwanda and Tanzania, HJ Swedlund. 2013. Public Administration and Development. 33 (5): 357-370. Available at:

The domestication of governance assessments: Evidence from the Rwandan Joint Governance Assessment, HJ Swedlund. 2013. Conflict, Security & Development. 13(4): 449–470. Available at:

Non-governmental and not-for-profit organizational effectiveness: A modern synthesis, J Lecy, HP Schmitz, and H. Swedlund. 2012. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 23(2): 434-457. Available at:

Book Chapters

Fieldwork in ‘Restrictive’ States: Contrasting Methodologies, C Loyle, A. Smith, and HJ Swedlund. 2019. SAGE Research Methods Cases. Available at:

Assessing the promises of budget support: Case study evidence from Rwanda, HJ Swedlund. 2014. In Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid, Cambridge Scholars Press, edited by Muna Ndulo and Nicolas van de Walle. Available at:

Popular Press

There’s another big reason U.S. foreign aid is important: It helps the U.S. get what it wants, HJ Swedlund. 19 July 2017. The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post. Available at:

Foreign Aid’s Commitment Problem, HJ Swedlund.  The First Tranche, AidData’s Blog. 15 September 2017. Available at:

Is China displacing traditional aid donors in Africa? The evidence suggests not, HJ Swedlund. 27 February 2017. The Conversation – Africa. Available at:
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Why donors demand elections after unrest in developing countries, HJ Swedlund. 11 December 2015. Guest post, The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post. Available at: