Interview with Tor Sellstrom

by Tor Sellstrom (interviewee), Robert Vassen (interviewer)
Durban, South Africa
October 13, 2004
Type: Interview
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: Sweden
Language: English
From 1977 to 1990, Tor Sellström closely followed the liberation struggles in Southern Africa, initially from Angola (1977-79), where he was responsible for the assistance to SWAPO of Namibia at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and later from Zambia (1979-82), Mozambique/Swaziland (1982-83) and Zimbabwe (1986-90), serving as Planning Economist with the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA). In that position, he coordinated official Swedish support to the Patriotic Front (ZANU/ZAPU) of Zimbabwe, SWAPO and to the ANC of South Africa. In Zambia, Mozambique and until mid-1987 in Zimbabwe, Sellström represented the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries (SAREC). In Mozambique, he was the Swedish and Nordic liaison officer to the Southern African Transport and Communications Commission (SATCC). Between 1991 and 1994, he held the positions of Senior Researcher and Deputy Director at the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU), based in Windhoek. In mid-1994, he joined the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, until June 2001 co-coordinating its research and documentation project on 'National Liberation in Southern Africa: The Role of the Nordic Countries'. For this project, Sellström authored three volumes on Sweden. When this interview was conducted he was Counsellor (Economist) for development cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria, South Africa. This interview was conducted during the conference A Decade of Freedom: Celebrating the Role of the International Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa's Freedom Struggle held in Durban, South Africa, October 10-13, 2004. (Source: The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes [ACCORD] website, 2008) Source: and conference program.

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