DT 12 / 2014

Donors delay USD 200m in budget support to Tanzania, pending TANESCO row

 
Donors in Tanzania are holding back their payments of general budget support as they await the outcome of an investigation of suspected fraud involving TANESCO and the central bank.
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High stakes for Norway with new focus on aid for fragile states

 
In the government's budget proposal for 2015, Norway is concentrating its aid on a dozen countries, but has picked some of the most difficult spots to work in. The reform strengthen links between aid and Norway’s peace broker role, foreign policy and commercial interests.
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Iceland’s PM promises to boost geothermal aid

 
At the recent Climate Summit in New York, Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson pledged to increase support for geothermal energy.
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OECD target: 50% of aid to poorest countries

 
If DAC donors agree to give half of their development aid to least-developed countries, they will have to re-allocate USD 23 billion.
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Norway gives more results-based funding. UK and Germany opt for traditional forest aid

 
The three countries have made bold joint statements on REDD. But the UK and Germany continue to prioritise “upfront” forest aid, while Norway offers cash in exchange for reduced emissions in Peru and Liberia.
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US lawmaker calls for legal review of think tanks funded by Norway, Gulf states

 
A senior US Republican lawmaker has asked the Department of Justice to examine whether US think tanks are circumventing the law by accepting funds to promote the agendas of foreign powers.
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