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News / DT 18 / 2007

NOK 10b over 25 years. Environment, corruption risks overlooked

 
An evaluation of Norwegian aid to the hydropower sector over the last quarter-century concludes that Norway has been a consistent, predictable donor. But the environment and anti-corruption concerns have taken a back seat.
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Tough on corruption, defends tax havens

 
Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) met recently with Nordic governors of the bank. In an interview with Development Today, he talked about climate change, reorganisation of the Bank and anti-corruption efforts.
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UNDP report strikes out at ‘climate apartheid’, donor apathy

 
The UNDP Human Development Report for 2007-8 focuses on climate change and global injustices, and chides Northern governments for not honouring their commitments to assist developing countries adapt to climate change.
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Denmark announces plans to increase aid

 
In the new Danish government programme, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen announces that Denmark will increase its aid level for the first time in six years. The PM thereby indicates a shift to the centre away from the right-wing Danish People’s Party and toward the new upstart party, New Alliance.
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Sida hard line with EISA. DfID, Norad show more mercy

 
After revelations of embezzlement at the Luanda office of EISA last year, three donors demanded that the African NGO take action to ensure that this would not happen again. EISA complied. DfID and Norad are now satisfied that EISA has dealt with the problem. Sida has followed a much harder line.
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Norwegian actors. Reliance on aid in hydropower

 
Historically, aid tying in the Norwegian hydropower sector has been important in allowing private and state entities to gain international experience, and later to be able to compete for other contracts. The Scanteam evaluation assesses the importance of Norwegian aid financing for three groups:
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Statkraft under fire

 
A report by the Norwegian advocacy group FIVAS and the San Francisco-based International Rivers documents persisting negative environmental impacts of the Theun Hinboun Dam in Laos, which is part-owned by the Norwegian power company, Statkraft.
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Norway’s Research Council wants more ‘free’ funds

 
In response to a critical evaluation of Norwegian development research, the Board of the Norwegian Research Council’s Division for Strategic Priorities has decided to increase the level of “free" money available for research in the development field.
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World Bank refuses to do broad tax haven study

 
Norway and the World Bank have not yet been able to agree upon the focus of a study on the role of tax havens in capital flight from developing countries. Norway wants a broad study tax havens and global corruption, while the Bank wants a more narrow focus on public officials involved in corruption.
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Norwegian task force to examine on illicit financial flows

 
The framework has now been set for the Norwegian-led task force on illicit financial flows from developing countries and the impact on development. The first meeting of the group will take place in Oslo December 12-13.
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