Göte Hansson in memory

Göte Hansson, Professor of development economics, died recently only 61 years old and at the height of his career. Few have shown such commitment to development matters and been so important in increasing awareness and interest in the field of development economics and development affairs in Sweden. But he will particularly be remembered for his successful work in building capacity in the field of economics in Africa, especially in Tanzania. Through the dedication of Göte Hansson the cooperation between the Department of Economics/ERB at the University of Dar es Salaam and the economics faculty at the University of Lund, initiated in 1978, became an extremely successful and much talked about development project.

Over the last seven years, Göte devoted his time and energy to the development and operations of Trapca, Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa, a Sida-supported programme situated in Arusha, Tanzania. At Trapca, Göte was the Academic Director, responsible for the accreditation and quality control of the academic programmes. During its first five years, Trapca has undergone impressive development and now plays a leading role in building trade policy capacity for least developed and low-income countries in Africa.

As a member of the board of the Nordic Africa Institute and an active supporter of and participant in the activities of NAI he played a key role in Nordic research collaboration. With his open mind and strong engagement he allowed for collaboration between the different fields of science. It is difficult to express how important he was for the management of NAI during his many years of participation.

Through his unfailing commitment, generous personality and focus on African ownership, Göte came to be regarded as a true friend of Africa, and he is remembered with respect and affection by hundreds of colleagues and students. He will be missed by us all.

 Carin Norberg, director of the Nordic Africa Institute

Lennart Wohlgemuth, Professor at School of Global Studies (University of Gothenburg) and director of the Nordic Africa Institute 1993-2005

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