Saturday, September 21, 2019

News / 25-year issue / 2016

Independent journalism - no exceptions for news on aid

Development Today has now been in publication for 25 years. Over this period, our mission has been to provide independent, fact-based news and analysis to decision makers and others working with Nordic development assistance. In an increasingly fragmented information society, we think this is more important than ever. News on aid is no exception.

Top economists challenge free-market mantra

The Stockholm Statement, eight principles for policymakers issued by a small group of leading economists, holds that promoting unfettered markets and narrowly focusing on growth have contributed to the twin crises of global inequality and environmental degradation. An initiator of the statement, Kaushik Basu, former Chief Economist at the World Bank, says the election of Donald Trump as US president makes the statement “even more urgent.” 

Common SDG agenda cannot hide differences in Nordic aid

Nordic development policies all claim allegiance to the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG agenda is so broad that it acts like a one-size-fits-all suit for politicians of all stripes. Read Development Today’s analysis of Nordic aid in 2017.

A month as President of UN Security Council

The working climate at the Security Council has improved, according to Sweden’s Ambassador to the UN Olof Skoog, who served as President of the Council during January.

Norway launches two multi-million-dollar funds in Davos

Norway has launched two large aid-financed initiatives, one to support deforestation-free agriculture and the other to promote development of vaccines against deadly diseases.

Donors lack credible strategy for increasing support to non-Western humanitarians

Nordic donors say they will use the UN-led country-based pooled funds as their main conduit for increasing humanitarian funding of local NGOs to 25 per cent of total funding. But the managers of these funds say this is unrealistic. The UN funds make up a tiny portion of the total humanitarian aid given by governments - just USD 700 million out of USD 22 billion in 2015. “The 3 per cent cannot deliver the 25 per cent,” says Andrea De Domenico at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.