Wednesday, December 12, 2018

News / October / 2017

Brende’s last budget: More ODA to fight terrorism as fragile states become a focus of Norwegian aid

After four years with a Blue-Blue government Norwegian aid creeps closer to Europe’s doorstep with migration and security interests becoming key areas of fucs. Education and health efforts have been expanded, while UN agencies and the World Bank are the big losers.

ANALYSIS: Aid surge. Sweden aims to be major global development player

Under Climate and Development Minister Isabella Lövin’s watch the Swedish aid budget has increased by more than SEK 10 billion. Now the minister aims to strengthen aid diplomacy to make Sweden a major global player.

Nordic support for new institute in Stockholm on forest and land rights

A new global platform for promoting tenure reform in forest areas, the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, has been launched in Stockholm. Norway has pledged USD 20 million and Sweden is likely to provide funding as well.

Denmark resumes funding to multilaterals like GEF and GAVI

A drastic drop in domestic refugee costs and a growing Danish economy allows Ulla Tørnæs, who returns as Development Minister, to spend DKK 2.6 billion more in aid abroad next year.

Gag rule, business, migration mark flat Finnish aid budget

Afghanistan and UNFPA are top beneficiaries as Finland’s aid budget for 2018 prioritises reproductive health, business and migration. The government hasadded EUR 9.5 million to the budget in a surprising last-minute move. Overall, Finland rolls back bilateral aid to fund a EUR 21 million expansion of multilateral aid.