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News / DT 9 / 2006

Billion-crown aid boom for Swedish state agencies

 
Swedish state agencies are a growing channel for Swedish development cooperation funds, Sida statistics obtained by Development Today show. Almost all government institutions experienced an increase in their Sida-financed assignments last year.
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Arbitrary insurance coverage for Norwegian officials in war zones

 
The Norwegian aid administration has had an arbitrary approach to acquiring extended insurance for officials travelling to conflict zones. In spite of many visits to places like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Sudan since he took office last fall, Development Minister Erik Solheim just received his first extended insurance in June for his most recent trip to Sudan.
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Sharp rise in insurance coverage for envoys as Norway’s peace broker role expand

 
In the past few years, the Norwegian government has made substantial changes in its insurance scheme for officials travelling to conflict zones. Officials and politicians ...
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Questions political role of Norwegian NGOs

 
Back in the 1960s, they were grassroots, mass-based organisations with the legitimacy to speak for a broad constituency. Today, the largest Norwegian NGOs have become professionalised, centralised outfits with honed lobbying skills and close ties to politicians. Norwegian NGOs no longer possess the characteristics that gave them the legitimacy to work on building civil society in poor countries in the first place.
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Afrepren in Nairobi agrees to pay back all misused Sida funds

 
Following police investigations and negotiations with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the African research organisation Afrepren in Nairobi has agreed to refund SEK 16.2 million to Sida. (See DT 17/05)
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Gaza transformers bombed

 
Sida reports that the Israeli bombing on the night of Wednesday, June 27-8 has resulted in damage to two Swedish aid-financed transformers in Gaza. The ...
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Norway to lead international contact group for Somalia

 
The United States has asked Norway to lead a new contact group for Somalia. Norway and Sweden have been very active in Somalia for several years, while other donors have kept a distance.
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New director to sharpen IFU’s aid profile

 
By appointing aid veteran Finn Jønck as the new Managing Director of the Danish aid-financed investment funds, IFU and IØ, the Danish government has sent a clear signal that IFU is in the business of development. Promoting Danish companies’ activities abroad is a means of creating development and reducing poverty, not the overriding goal.
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Norway aims to be No. 1 in eco-friendly aid

 
Norway’s Development Minister Erik Solheim and Environment Minister Helen Bjørnøy have launched an action plan for environmentally-friendly development cooperation. “The global environment is being destroyed ...
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