Five multilateral development banks have signed a landmark agreement that harmonises their anti-corruption policies. Firms found guilty of corruption by one of the banks can now be blacklisted by all of them.
At the March 31 donor meeting on reconstruction aid to Haiti, Norway pledged a level of support that makes it a top bilateral donor to the process. “We are coming in with no other political agenda than to be helpful," says Norway’s Special Envoy to Haiti Halvor Sætre.
The Danish government recently released a new plan for its engagement in Afghanistan, the so-called Helmand Plan for 2010, which sets benchmarks for what Denmark aims to achieve. The plan paves the way for more cooperation with Afghan security forces and even opens for cooperation with militia groups under certain circumstances.
The Nordic Investment Bank is following closely the discussions on harmonising anti-corruption work of the large development banks. The bank will consider the new cross debarment agreement later this year.
The Nordic countries strengthen their role in western aid last year in the midst of the global financial crisis, shows new figures from the OECD.
Aid from Sweden and Norway now bypass Canada and Italy, both members of the G7 Club, in real terms. Denmark and Finland also improved their performance and were ranked No. 4 and 7 among OECD donors, measured as a share of GNI.
A government agency assigned to support Sida in improving its mangement and internal control systems wants to establish a new staff function that will centralise the organisation and give more power to Sida’s boss, Anders Nordström.