24 - 26 August 2022


Helin Bäckman Kartal

Helin Bäckman Kartal works at the Division for Global Partnerships at Uppsala University, Sweden. She is the coordinator for South Africa – Sweden University Forum (SASUF), which is a transformative project uniting 38 universities from across Sweden and South Africa. Bringing together leading researchers, teachers, students, university leaders and other stakeholders, the project develops joint solutions to the challenges posed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

Her previous work is focused on informal finance in South Africa, where one part is focused on the foundational reasons to engage in the informal Stokvel system. The other part of her work is focused on the formalization process of the informal financial sector in South Africa, posing the question whether it is desirable for everyone.