25 year anniversary issue

Independent journalism - no exceptions for news on aid

Development Today has now been in publication for 25 years. Over this period, our mission has been to provide independent, fact-based news and analysis to decision makers and others working with Nordic development assistance.

In an increasingly fragmented information society, we think this is more important than ever. News on aid is no exception.

The first issue of DT was launched on December 6, 1991 by a group of dedicated Nordic journalists committed to establishing a publication that was not funded or controlled by the donors or other players in the aid field. They put equity amounting to NOK 50,000 on the table and a bank provided a small credit on top of that.

Operating from a backyard office in Akersgata, Oslo’s Fleet Street at the time, the first issue of the journal was produced. Then, it was all about paper. Only in the mid-1990s did internet speed up the pace, revolutionising modern communication. Read the full editorial.