DT 16 / 2011

Ethiopia to showcase Energy+ in Durban

 
A joint Norwegian-British climate project in Ethiopia, to be launched at the climate summit in Durban, will be the first concrete step in Norway’s Energy+ initiative. Other countries in the Energy+ pipeline are Kenya, Liberia and the Maldives.
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Zambia ‘grateful’ for Swedish anti-corruption moves

 
When aid minister Gunilla Carlsson made her first visit to Lusaka since the sharp cuts in Swedish aid to the Zambian health sector, she was prepared for the worst. Instead, the health minister thanked her.
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Sweden, Norway re-think budget support, for different reasons

 
Two Nordic donors are reviewing their policies on budget support - aid injected into recipients’ fiscal budgets without any earmarking. Norway may phase out this type of aid in four African countries to pave the way for climate and energy funding.
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Danish minister hails human rights, to increase budget support

 
In a speech to the diplomatic corps in Copenhagen, Danish Development Minister Christian Friis Bach argued for human rights, aid effectiveness and for an increase in budget support.
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Sida rewards 9 firms with grants. Little Nordic interest

 
In the first round of a pilot business aid scheme, Sida has handed out EUR 1 million in grants to companies in eight different countries. Sida was suprised by the lack of interest from Norway, Denmark and Finland.
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Finnish-Kenyan AIDS drug aims for global market

 
UCL, a Kenya-based drug manufacturer in Finnfund’s investment portfolio, is one of just a handful of African companies to have a medicine approved by WHO for sale on the global market. But to win contracts with big buyers like Global Fund, Pepfar or Unicef, UCL must compete against Indian drug manufacturers.
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Denmark among top ten UN suppliers

 
Denmark is the only Nordic country among the top ten suppliers to the United Nations, while firms located in developing countries have captured an increasing share of this market.
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