Millions in aid grants for jobs project fronted by Clinton aide, John Podesta

 
Millions in aid grants for jobs project fronted by Clinton aide, John Podesta
Norway has since 2009 been the largest donor of the Washington-based JustJobs project, an initiative launched by John Podesta, a key aide of both the Clintons and Obama. The project is referred to in several emails from Podesta’s hacked account, made public by Wikileaks in October. After next year, Oslo is turning off the tap.
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Ulla Tørnæs returns as Danish Development Minister

The Liberal politician Ulla Tørnæs returns as Danish Development Minister, part of the cabinet line-up in Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s new three-party government.
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Danish Blue parties back new study of three recent wars, amid controversy

An inquiry into Denmark’s military engagement in the wars in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, commissioned by the Foreign Ministry, has been criticised by Danish academics.
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A one-billion dollar bank deal in Sub-Saharan Africa

At a time when Western banks are exiting Sub-Saharan Africa, the new Norwegian-Dutch banking group Arise aims to grow its assets in the region to USD 1 billion in the next five years. 
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Using financial muscle to make UN peace missions include women

Using financial muscle to make UN peace missions include women

Interview: Swedish State Secretary Annika Söder argues for pushing the women, peace and security agenda in the UN Security Council by withholding funds from peace missions that do not take gender equality seriously.
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OECD: Uneven funding for aid evaluation

An OECD survey shows vast discrepencies in donor spending on aid evaluation systems as a proportion of their budgets. 
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Declining use of state agencies by Sida

Aid funds transferred to Swedish authorities and universities have decreased in recent years as Sweden phases out cooperation with well-off countries.
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Security specialist takes over at DIIS in Copenhagen

DIIS has a new profile. Replacing Nanna Hvidt, Kristian Fischer becomes Director of the Danish Institute for International Studies after 16 years at the Ministry of Defense.
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Report: investment landscape turned upside down

Financial reform advocate Sony Kapoor says DFIs can be important partners for forming bridges between Western institutional investors and emerging markets.
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Swedish agency monitors Green Resources plantation in Uganda pending 2018 carbon pay-out

A year after the Swedish Energy Agency froze its SEK 35 million climate deal with Green Resources, the firm is still working to improve environmental performance.
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Top economists warn against ‘outdated’ advice based on trickle-down theory

Top economists warn against ‘outdated’ advice based on trickle-down theory

Former World Bank Chief Economist Kausik Basu chose Sida as his venue to launch an alternative vision to the so-called Washington Consensus.
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