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News / DT 17-18 / 2014

Who won and who lost the battle in Paris over how to define aid

 
Western countries have agreed on new rules for development assistance accounting following unusually tense negotiations in Paris earlier this month. The new regulations for reporting loans as aid will boost Japan’s donor ranking, while EU aid will drop by billions of dollars.
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Climate breakthrough out of reach. Isabella Lövin’s tough initiation

 
The new Green Development Minister Isabella Lövin almost succeeded in making Sweden the first donor to give “new and additional” climate aid above 1% of GNI. But it slipped away in the midst of the budget crisis.
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Misspent USD 66m still owed to Global Fund

 
Millions of dollars in misused grants have still not been reimbursed by countries to the Global Fund, years after misappropriations took place.
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As soldiers leave, donors de-link aid from military strategy in Afghanistan

 
For years Nordic aid to Afghanistan has been heavily earmarked for areas where Nordic troops were stationed. The donors are now doing away with earmarking, directing more support to Kabul instead.
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Human rights, a new ‘red line’ in Norwegian aid. Signals tougher policy on Burma

 
Foreign Minister Børge Brende has presented a White Paper on human rights that promises to put rights at the top of the agenda in Norwegian aid.
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Sida may resume IFRC funding

 
Indicative figures for 2015 show that Sida plans to reinstate its previous funding level to the Geneva-based Red Cross federation, following drastic cuts this year.
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Record public support for high Swedish aid level

 
Not since the 1980s have so many Swedes expressed a willingness to maintain the level of spending on aid or even to increase it, according to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
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New UNESCO centre opens in Sweden

 
A UN centre focusing on the challenges of transboundary water cooperation has been established in Stockholm.
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UK praised for massive increase in aid level

 
In its peer reviewof British development assistance, the OECD gives the United Kingdom top marks for both the level and contents of its aid portfolio.
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