Sweden fights EU move to let aid pay for military activities

 
Sweden fights EU move to let aid pay for military activities
The European Commission wants to use development aid to fund military activities, but has met fierce opposition from Sweden's Development and Climate Minister Isabella Lövin. The EC’s proposal contradicts an agreement of OECD members from earlier this year that explicitly prohibits the use of aid for such purposes. “The EU cannot come a few months later and change it,” she says.
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Foreign Ministry tapped aid for nuclear weapons project, misinformed Parliament

Over several years, the Foreign Ministry in Oslo funded a huge Nuclear Weapons Project from the aid budget. The project, which was carried out by the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI), did not pass OECD’s test for what can be reported as aid.
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While US and China launch competing Mekong initiatives, Sweden stands by MRC

Sweden has decided to renew support for the 20-year-old Mekong River Commission, which it views as being “lonely and exposed” as economic development runs rife in the basin.
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New Finnfund loan boosts resources by 50%

After months of fine tuning the formalities, the decision for a EUR 130 million loan to the aid-funded investor Finnfund has now been signed by Trade and Development Minister Kai Mykkänen. 
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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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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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Aims to be an ‘honest broker’ in UN Security Council

Swedish top diplomats hope to influence the agenda of the Security Council as Sweden assumes the presidency in January.
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‘Paradigm shift’ in EU aid

As donors in Europe put more focus on migration and security issues, the EC has presented a new development policy that could drastically change European aid for many years to come.
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Finnfund invests in peat power plant. ‘Emissions from diesel would be worse,’ study concludes

Finnfund is lending USD 15 million to a 80-megawatt peat power plant in Rwanda. Greenhouse gases from the project amount to 0.7 million tonnes.
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NGO scrutiny gives Nordic DFIs mixed marks

 Norfund is reported to have has the weakest mechanisms for ensuring respect of human rights in its projects.
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Norway holds NOK 600m in Washington for future Guyana energy project

The Inter-American Development Bank continues to hold more than a half a billion crowns in Norwegian aid for Guyana. Originally earmarked for the Amaila Falls dam, it is unclear how the money will be used.
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