Thursday, September 19, 2019

News / DT 16 / 2005

New Norwegian government launches anti-privatisation policy in aid

 
The Red-Green Norwegian government that took office this week has launched a radical new aid policy. It believes strongly in the public sector and states that Norwegian aid is not going to support programmes demanding liberalisation and privatisation. In multilateral aid, UN agencies will be given priority at the expense of the World Bank. The government also explicitly makes the decriminalisation of abortion a main goal of its aid policy.
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Frafjord Johnson’s last aid budget focuses on Africa

 
Just before she resigned Development Minister Hilde Frafjord Johnson delivered her last budget proposal. She substantially increased budget frames for most main cooperation countries, but cut funding to Uganda and Nepal.
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NGOs argue against including foundations in Sida ‘framework club’

 
Three large Swedish NGOs have issued a strong warning to Sida against opening up the criteria for NGO framework funding to include foundations.  
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One-time Finnish food aid subsidy at odds with untying policy

 
Finland has for the first time this year allocated about 10 per cent of its in-kind contribution to WFP for a new Finnish oat-based food product.
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African leaders queue up to meet Danish Development Minister

 
Danish Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs faces a very tight programme later this month when she visits the three African countries short-listed as candidates to become the new priority recipients of Danish aid.
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Europeans commit USD 170m to new OCHA fund

 
Six European donors have pledged USD 170 million for a proposed new fund to be set up under the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is headed by the Norwegian diplomat Jan Egeland. (See DT 12/05)
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Danish tsunami bill dips into development budget

 
Days after the tsunami catastrophe, the Danish government pledged DKK 420 million for emergency and reconstruction aid for affected Southeast Asian countries.
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Extraordinary NOK 300m for disaster victims

 
In response to the onset of two major overlapping natural disasters, the former Norwegian government made its second extraordinary budgetary allocation to development assistance this year.
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