Sida and Swedish NGOs question the quality of the Auditor General’s review of NGO aid. But the Auditor General stands by the results of the review. “Such criticism is easy to make when you feel threatened," says Gina Funnemark, Audit Director at the Swedish National Audit Office to Development Today.
As part of a reshuffle in the Norwegian government Development Minister Erik Solheim will also become Minister of Environment. His development portfolio will be reduced, and he will divide his time between the two ministries.
The newly appointed State Secretary for Research Jens Revold at the Education Ministry is concerned about the conclusions of a recent evaluation that point to a lack of critical, independent work in Norwegian development research.
Revold is open to increasing the Education Ministry’s role as a way of making funding more neutral.