DT 8 / 2009

Donors consider crisis package for Palestinian Authority

 
A donor meeting in Oslo did not resolve the financial crisis of the debt-ridden Palestinian Authority. But a USD 120 million crisis package is under consideration. Norway has indicated more funding if other donors come along. Islamic aid agencies will meet in mid-June in Jeddah to discuss a mechanism for providing support to Gaza.
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Auditor frowns on Sida and Swedfund’s use of tax havens

 
The Swedish Auditor General calls for a review of the engagement of the aid agency Sida and Swedfund in local investment funds located in tax havens. It reports profits for the two agencies from such funds at more than USD 3 million.
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More conflicts as SN Power invests in bigger dams, report warns

 
The average size of SN Power’s hydropower investments is set to quadruple in the coming years, according to a new report by the Dutch research institute SOMO. It predicts that as projects get bigger, conflicts over ecological impacts and affected communities are likely to increase.
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Danida consultancy pie grows for first time since 2001

 
Past Danida Annual Reports have shown how the Danish aid consultancy market has been shrinking since 2001 - from DKK 808 million to just DKK 421 million in 2007.
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‘Strong signal’ to Sida to put more contracts out for tender

 
The Foreign Ministry is still not satisfied with Sida’s handling of consultancy procurement, and is again pushing the agency to improve its practices. The Ministry wants Sida to publish procurement statistics in next year’s Annual Report.
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