Trade or Aid?

An attempt to provide a fact-based view of today's Africa

Professor Hans Rosling - Professor of Global Health at Karolinska Institutet, founder of Gapminder, the Upplänning of the Year 2012, etc. - is on The Economist's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012, due to his years on the front-lines of public health in Africa as well as his use of Gapminder statistics to change people's perceptions of the world.

The Aula Magna of Uppsala University gathered 1,800 people; another 300 had to return home as the Aula was full. Here is the link to Hans Rosling's lecture Trade or Aid? on February 7th, 2013: part 1 and part 2 - also available at Youtube. The lecture has also been commented in press: Omvärlden, Ergo.

During this lecture co-hosted by Forum for Africa Studies and the Africa Groups of Sweden Professor Rosling addressed the following questions:

  • How fast is the progress in Africa, and how well is the progress measured?

  • How does the progress differ between and within countries?

  • Does future progress in Africa depend on Trade or Aid?

  • Is it true that the population in Africa will double until 2050?


Professor Hans Rosling lectured on statistics in his usual entertaining manner.


High expectations!



Thursday 7 February in Aula Magna


WELCOME!!! Minnie Novaky and Sten Hagberg introduced.


Board-members of Forum for Africa Studies: Peter Waara and Jenny Ekström


Rosling started telling the audience when the Mozambican liberation hero the late Eduardo Mondlane visited Uppsala in 1967