Wednesday, November 22, 2017

News / DT 4-5 / 2017

Donors impose tougher conditions on UN, but fraud remains a ‘menace’

 
Nordic donors have played hardball to make UN agencies take their corruption problems seriously. But progress has been slow. A UN study concludes that fraud remains a “menace” in the UN System.
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Lake Chad famine: Building capacity of local humanitarian actors will take time

 
In the midst of a growing humanitarian crisis in Nigeria, the UN’s Peter Lundberg is trying to give a bigger role to local actors that have better access to vulnerable populations.
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ILPI scandal. Massive troubles with grant management at Foreign Ministry in Oslo

 
A consultancy scandal continues to rock the Foreign Ministry as two new reports spotlight deep-rooted problems with how its officials manage aid grants. 
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Fierce competition over DKK 4 billion in Danish NGO financing

 
The Danish Foreign Ministry’s new NGO financing set-up offers huge potential increases to some organisations, but guarantees that others will be disappointed.
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Former Swedish development minister to head Sida

 
Veteran Social Democrat politician and former Development Minister Carin Jämtin will be the new Director General of the aid agency, Sida.
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Sweden’s largest UN initiative in 45 years: the Ocean Conference

 
Sweden is in the lead of a high-profile global initiative to save the world’s oceans.
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UN Joint Inspection Unit report on fraud in the UN System

 
The JIU report, published in 2016, states that fraud is a “menace” that requires immediate action by UN agencies and the governing bodies. The impact of fraud in the UN System can be significant, entailing reputational risks as well as “substantial monetary losses.”
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