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News / DT 2 / 2011

UN agencies to revamp outdated audit disclosure rules

 
Three UN agencies are preparing a joint proposal on how to open up access to their internal audits. Current rules permit only member states to view audit reports. The move is prompted by complaints from the Global Fund that it is denied access to UNDP audits, hampering the Fund’s ability to monitor grants that are managed by UNDP.
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Finland stands by Nordic UN think tank, Norway opts out

 
The Finnish ambassador in Oslo is pushing Norway to resume funding of the WIDER institute, the only Nordic UN development think tank. Norway terminated its funding of the cash-strapped Helsinki-based centre in 2008. The institute is part of the UN University and is ranked among the world’s top ten development think tanks.
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Action on piracy. More aid to Somalian prisons

 
Norway, a traditional shipping nation, aims to multiply aid for concrete anti-piracy efforts in Somalia and surrounding countries this year to NOK 30 million. Norway is at the same time directing more funds to regions with a functioning local administration.
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Danes increase aid, pull out troops from Afghanistan

 
Denmark is increasing aid to Afghanistan by DKK 100 million annually for the next three years as part of a political deal between the Danish government and the main opposition parties, including the Social Democrats.
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GEF chief criticises narrow climate focus of forest aid

 
When Norway made its historic announcement in 2007 to commit up to NOK 3 billion annually for the protection of rainforest, the Global Environment Facility - up till then the largest multilateral financer of forest projects - was passed over. The GEF chief critcises Norway's climate-centred approach to forest aid.
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USD 420m in World Bank aid to Ethiopia, rights group demands investigation

 
The World Bank has approved an extension of the Protection of Basic Services (PBS) Programme in Ethiopia, largely dismissing a critical report by Human Rights Watch.
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Sida’s changing NGO profile

 
Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson’s influence on the Sida NGO profile is beginning to be felt. An overview by Development Today shows that Swedish organisations working on women, children and environmental issues have received big boosts in funding since 2009, while support to traditional NGOs is cut back.
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