DT 8 / 2008

UN envoy urges donors to give Afghans more control

 
Donor countries should stop focusing aid on provinces where they have military personnel. Afghans need to have a greater say in how the money is spent. “They have to take the leadership, that is the only way to go," says Kai Eide, UN Special Envoy in Kabul, at a meeting with foreign correspondents in Oslo ahead of the Afganistan conference in Paris.
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Civilian-military nexus to be integrated into new Danish defense strategy

 
Coordinated action between civilian and military actors will likely become more closely integrated into Denmark’s coming defense strategy. An on-going study of Danish experience in Iraq and Afghanistan will feed into negotiations on a new Defense Agreement to be negotiated next year. But NGOs worry that closer civilian-military cooperation can further erode independent humanitarian space.
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Sida reports 74% increase in aid funds to Swedish state agencies

 
Following long-standing complaints about poor and incomplete procurement statistics, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has now for the first time made public the contract volumes that it channels through state agencies and private consulting firms.
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