The Rome-based International Land Coalition refuses to endorse Norway’s proposed commission on the rights of the poor. ILC calls the appointment of Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto as co-chair a “conflict of interest".
Norwegian State Secretary Leiv Lunde rejects the criticism surrounding the process of establishing the high-level commission on the poor. “My vision is for the Commission to become a key vehicle for openness and transparency in formalisation processes," Lunde says to DT.
The Supreme Court in Mozambique is to decide on charges against former Minister of Education Alcido Nguenha concerning the misuse of Swedish aid. An investigation concludes that two of Nguenha’s children studying in South Africa received scholarships financed by Swedish aid.
The Global Fund’s Executive Director Richard Feachem has asked Norway to double its support to the Fund this year and treble it by 2006. Norway is reluctant to increase its grant due to reports of high monitoring costs and examples of the Fund building parallel structures. Feachem rejects this criticism in an interview with Development Today, claiming the problems have been fixed.