Articles & Chapters

Peer-Reviewed Articles

M Heizel, B Reisberg, and HJ Swedlund. 2024. “Transparency and citizen support for public agencies: The case of foreign aid.” Governance. OnlineFirst. DOI:

N Cheeseman, HJ Swedlund, and C O’Brien-Udry. 2024. “Aid withdrawals and suspensions: Why, when and are they effective?” World Development. OnlineFirst. DOI:

B Reisberg and HJ Swedlund. 2023. “How transparent are aid agencies to their citizens? Introducing the citizen aid transparency dataset.” Journal of International Development. OnlineFirst. DOI:

S Dierich, H Hardt, and HJ Swedlund. 2021. “How to do elite experiments in IR.” European Journal of International Relations, 27 (2), 596-621. DOI: 10.1177/1354066120987891

L Alcorta, HJ Swedlund, and J Smits. 2020. “Discrimination and ethnic conflict: a dyadic analysis of politically-excluded groups in sub-Saharan Africa.” International Interactions, 46 (2), 251-273. DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2020.1716748 

L Alcorta, J Smits, HJ Swedlund, and E de Jong. 2020. “The ‘dark side’ of social capital: A cross-national examination of the relationship between social capital and violence in Africa.” Social Indicators Research, 149 (2), 445-465. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-019-02264-z

ME Desrosiers and HJ Swedlund. 2019. “Rwanda’s post-genocide foreign aid relations: Revisiting notions of exceptionalism.” African Affairs, 118 (472), 435-462. DOI: 10.1093/afraf/ady032

HJ Swedlund and M Lierl. 2019. “The rise and fall of budget support: Ownership, bargaining and donor commitment problems in foreign aid.” Development Policy Review 38, O50-O69. DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12463

L Alcorta, J Smits and HJ Swedlund. 2018. “Inequality and ethnic conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.” Social Forces, 97(2): 769-792. DOI: 10.1093/sf/soy049

HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Can foreign aid donors credibly threaten to suspend aid? Evidence from a cross-national survey of donor officials.” Review of International Political Economy, 24(3): 454- 496. DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2017.1302490

HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?” International Affairs. 93(2): 389-408. DOI: 10.1093/ia/iiw059
**Nominated for Early Career Award (2017), International Affairs & Chatham House

HJ Swedlund. 2013. “From donorship to ownership? Budget support and donor influence in Rwanda and Tanzania.” Public Administration & Development. 33(5): 357-370. DOI: 10.1002/pad.1665

HJ Swedlund. 2013. “The domestication of governance assessments: Evidence from the Rwandan ‘joint’ governance assessment.” Conflict, Security & Development. 13(4): 449-470. DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2013.834117

J Lecy, HP Schmitz, and HJ Swedlund. “Non-governmental and not-for- Profit organizational effectiveness: A modern synthesis.” 2012. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 23(2): 434-457. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-011-9204-6
**Best article in journal (2012), International Society for Third-Sector Research

Book Chapters

HJ Swedlund. 2023. ”Why didn’t they see it coming?’ Ground-level diplomats, foreign policy, and unconstitutional regime change.” Uncertainty in Global Politics, edited by Miriam Matejova and Anastasia Shesterinina. Routledge.

M Ferry and HJ Swedlund. 2022. “Emerging powers, governance and development.” Elgar Handbook on Governance and Development, edited by Wil Hout and Jane Hutchison. Edward Elgar Publishing, pg. 356-374. 

HJ Swedlund. 2022. “Narratives and negotiations in foreign aid: How post-genocide Rwanda uses narratives to influence perceptions of power.” In International Negotiation and Political Narratives: A Comparative Study, edited by Fen Osler Hampson and Amrita Narlikar. Routledge. 

C Loyle, A Smith and HJ Swedlund. 2019. “Fieldwork in ‘restrictive’ states: Contrasting methodologies.” SAGE Research Methods Cases. DOI: 10.4135/9781526466631

HJ Swedlund. 2014. “Assessing the promises of budget support: Case study evidence from Rwanda.” In Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid: Africa’s Experience. Editors, Muna Ndulo and Nicolas van de Walle. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: pg. 238-264.

Popular Press & Policy Reports

S Campbell, D Oyewole and HJ Swedlund. 2023. “Bridging the Gap between Research and Policy: Lessons from Co-Creation in the Aid Sector.Duck of Minerva, Bridging the Gap.

S Campbell, D Oyewole and HJ Swedlund. 2023. “Who is in Charge? Power Dynamics and Aid in Africa.” Africa Up Close: A Blog of the Africa Program at the Wilson Center. 3 May.

B Reisberg and HJ Swedlund. 2023. “Opinion: Aid agencies should be more transparent to taxpayers.” DEVEX. 31 March. 

M Turolla and HJ Swedlund. 2022. “Understanding youth in Africa beyond age.” Africa at LSE. 16 September.

HJ Swedlund, R Malejacq and M. Lierl. 2021. “”Foreign Aid Won’t Moderate the Taliban.” Foreign Policy. October 27.

S Dietrich, H Hardt, and HJ Swedlund. 2021. “”Elite experiments: Strengthening scholarship while bridging the gap,” Duck of Minerva. 10 June.

M Lierl and HJ Swedlund. 2021. ““To understand the implications of different aid modalities, we need to analyse the bargaining logic between donors and recipient governments”, Development Policy Review (commentary).

ME Desrosiers and HJ Swedlund. 2020. “Aid giving to post-genocide Rwanda reflects larger patterns with authoritarian states.” Africa at LSE. March 2.

M Ferry and HJ Swedlund. 2019. “Overview of the global presence and impact of emerging donors.” Analysis and Policy Brief: European Expert Network on International Cooperation and Development.

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

HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Foreign aid’s commitment problem.” The First Tranche, AidData’s Blog. 15 September.

HJ Swedlund. 2017. “Is China displacing traditional aid donors in Africa? The evidence suggests not.” The Conversation. 27 February.
Republished in: MSN Money, Quartz-Africa,, The Star (Kenya), China File, Asia Times, The New Age (South Africa)

HJ Swedlund. 2015. “Why donors demand elections after unrest in developing countries.” The Washington Post. 11 December.