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Business / DT 12 / 2010

Balkan aid: NOK 4.5 billion channelled through Norwegian actors

An evaluation of Norwegian support to the Balkan countries over the last two decades provides rare insight into the workings of politically-driven aid. Visibility has been high and the politicians are happy, in spite of lax control and criticism from the Auditor General.

Filed complaint about SEKAB’s Africa venture

A complaint has been filed with the Härnösand Administrative Court over the African activities of SEKAB, the biofuel company which is partly owned by Örnsköldsvik Municipality.

Nordic commission on economic development

The four Nordic risk capital funds - IFU, Norfund, Swedfund and Finnfund - have joined forces to create a new commission on economic development in poor countries.

Downward trend for consultants after four years under Carlsson

Sida has no overview of the funds it spends on procurement. Swedish consultants have been pressing the agency to produce these statistics for years, with no result. They say Sida puts fewer contracts out for tender while large assignments are given to state agencies without competitive bidding.