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DT 5 / 2012

Norway mobilises donor support for Burmese pilot peace villages

Kyaukgyi is the first pilot village in a Norwegian-led initiative to shore up the peace process in Burma. Donors are lining up to give their support. But little concrete information has been made public, and humanitarians worry that Oslo’s rush to bring aid into ceasefire areas can put vulnerable communities at risk.

SADEV evaluation agency under fire

Since it was established six years ago, the Swedish aid evaluation agency SADEV has not produced a single evaluation of the effects of aid. Blame should be shared by SADEV’s boss and the Foreign Ministry.

‘Energised, homework done’. Eliasson takes on Nr 2 post in UN

In a few weeks, the experienced Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson will take over as number two at the United Nations. In an interview with Development Today, he says the UN must be a catalyst and bring different players together to take action, rather than engaging in turf battles.

Tender dispute delays NGO assessments, multi-millions in grants at stake

Not one, but two, rounds of complaints by consultants competing for a Sida tender have caused a delay in the process of selecting frame NGOs for 2013.

NVE fails to deliver in Ethiopia

A capacity building arrangement between Norway and the Ethiopian Water Ministry has produced few concrete results, a mid-term review concludes.

Copenhagen wants open bidding in China energy aid projects

Danish companies are not guaranteed contracts in connection with the new Danish renewable energy programme in China. These will be tendered by competitive bidding, the Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen tells Development Today. The tying of contracts for the on-going wind energy programme to Danish firms violated Denmark’s aid procurement policy.