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Business / DT 3-4 / 2016

Law suit and deal making. How US lobby firms tap into Norwegian aid

In the wake of a law suit in California, Oslo’s chief climate forest advisor, the Washington-based firm Climate Advisers, was forced to give away almost one-third of its USD 10 million portfolio financed by Norwegian aid. The contracts lost ended up with Waxman Strategies, led by the famous ex-US Congressman Henry Waxman. Norway continues to dish out multi-million dollar aid grants to US consultants, avoiding tenders by routing funds through NGOs, an investigation by Development Today shows.

Norway falls short on USD 100m funding promise for indigenous forest peoples’ rights

In September 2014, then Climate Minister Tine Sundtoft pledged that the Norwegian government would provide USD 100 million for “work to secure the rights of indigenous peoples.” 

Sida still holding out for Tanzanian green light for Bagamoyo sugar project

The Tanzanian government has informed Sida that it is still in discussions over whether to back the Swedish sugar project in Bagamoyo.