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News / DT 1 / 2004

US tax authorities to decide on charity status of Gates’ Vaccine Fund

 
The Vaccine Fund is preparing a report for the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to maintain its favourable publicly-supported charity status. Norway’s recent pledge of NOK 1.5 billion until 2010 could do the trick as the Vaccine Fund makes its case to IRS.
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Aid covers 60% of Norwegian soldiers’ costs in Iraq

 
The bill for the Norwegian military engagement in Iraq in 2003 is now on the table. The total cost is NOK 97 million, of which 60 per cent will be covered by the aid budget.
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Swedish consultants convicted for bribing World Bank officials

 
Earlier this month two Swedes were found guilty of bribing World Bank officials by the Municipal Court of Hüddinge outside Stockholm. The two sentences were of one year and 18 months in prison.
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‘Humanitarian superpower’ to be evaluated by DAC

 
Norway, which has the world’s highest per capita level of humanitarian aid, has not hesitated to use the title “humanitarian superpower". But does this assistance respond more to the needs of people in emergency situations or to Norwegian political interests?
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Tove Strand aims for network organisation

 
Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) Tove Strand lost the lion’s share of her budget and half her staff in the battle to reorganise Norway’s aid administration.
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New Danish environmental strategy: NGOs sceptical, industry cautiously optimisti

 
The Danish resource base has mixed reactions to the government’s new environmental aid strategy.
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Perils of state-funded NGO information

 
Information material from about development issues produced by Norwegian NGOs is dominated by their need to raise money. For fear of losing state funding, organisations avoid critical and controversial messages, according to a review of state support for information.
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In Brief

 
Trade is key: Swedish poll A Swedish opinion poll carried out by Statistics Sweden (SCB) reveals that 80 per cent of Swedes believe that development ...
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