Saturday, March 17, 2018

DT 17 / 2007

UK feared competing initiatives. Stoltenberg scrapped Norwegian plan

Last August the Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg cancelled his prestigious Global Business Plan for health aid. The United Kingdom was worried that it would be seen to compete with PM Gordon Brown’s International Health Partnership in an already crowded global health aid arena.

Asian NGOs urge donors to act. Dams on Mekong being planned

NGOs in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and China have raised alarm about renewed plans to build six large dams on the lower mainstream of the Mekong river. They fault the Mekong River Commission for remaining silent and urge donors to get tough.

SN Power's aggressive takeover strategy funded by aid

The Norwegian government has so far this year spent almost NOK 1 billion from the aid budget on acquisitions of hydropower plants and water rights in the Philippines and Peru. Critics say this should be compared against alternative uses of aid that better reflect Norwegian development priorities.