Swedish Auditor General slams Foreign Ministry’s handling of multilateral aid

 
A long-awaited report by the Swedish Auditor General criticises the Foreign Ministry for lax handling of the SEK 10 billion in aid resources spent annually as core support to UN agencies, the World Bank and global funds.
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Nordic donors, UN agencies at loggerheads over reimbursement of misused funds

When corruption hits UN projects, donors have little possibility to reclaim their lost money. Donors want repayment clauses included in their agreements, but the UN agencies are resisting. “We have not managed to include such clauses in our agreements. There is no way the bilaterals can be successful unless they play hardball and work together,” a Nordic official says to Development Today.
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Afghan leaders, donors put on brave faces, bracing for challenges

Afghan leaders, donors put on brave faces, bracing for challenges

Western countries are shifting their focus from military to civilian efforts in Afghanistan. The stakes are high as donors and the country’s new leaders head for the London high level summit next month.
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Budget deal reduces impacts of record spending on asylum seekers in Denmark

The Danish government has struck a political deal that keeps spending on refugees in Denmark at a record high, but increases the total budget, softening the blow.
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Giant Swedish pledge to Green Climate Fund

Giant Swedish pledge to Green Climate Fund

The result of the first pledging conference for the Green Climate Fund was just shy of USD 10 billion, with Nordic countries providing 9 per cent of the total.
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Nobel Peace Prize puts development players in the global spot light

Nobel Peace Prize puts development players in the global spot light

The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee has broadened the definition of peace efforts over the last three decades, turning activists working in development and human rights into global celebrities. 
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OECD fears Finnish aid is spread too thinly

Finland has stepped up efforts in conflict areas. As a result Finland’s top recipients have received a smaller share of aid in the last few years.
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Focus on 1.8 billion youth

The UN population fund highlights the sharp rise in the numbers of 10-24 year olds in poor countries, and calls for more investments in the young.
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Denmark cuts business aid, following critical review

A critical evaluation of a key Danish private sector development scheme has resulted in the programme being put immediately on hold.
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Team Finland’s US road trip

Finnish politicians lend a hand to boost procurement with multilateral institutions in New York and Washington.
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Oslo UNDP office back in business

Norway has agreed to continue hosting the UNDP governance office in Oslo. Its focus will be narrowed down and cooperation with Norwegian institutions will be strengthened.  
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