In this year's Letter of Appropriation to Sida, Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson wants more staff in the field. She also calls for an independent review of consultancy procurement with special focus on "competition neutrality" between state agencies and private companies.
The Norwegian Development Minister Erik Solheim (Socialist Left) has financed SN Power’s buy-up strategy in international hydropower, committing 5 per cent of this year’s aid budget to these purchases. Confronted with the issue by Development Today, the Minister claimed to be unaware of the scale of aid money involved.
Germany, the Netherlands and Australia actively use aid in their counter-terrorism strategies, while the UK warns that doing so risks “unravelling" the international consensus for aid. A report commissioned by the Swedish Foreign Ministry compares donor approaches.