High-level commission to review education financing

 
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has launched a new commission to spur global financing of education in a move supported by presidents from three continents and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
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Ban’s spin on final millennial report. PM Solberg calls for clear new goals

Ban’s spin on final millennial report. PM Solberg calls for clear new goals

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched the final MDG report in Oslo Monday and said more than one billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 2000.
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Avoiding a resource curse in Myanmar. Norad plans to advise on oil and gas

Norad’s Oil for Development Programme is exploring the possibility of working in Myanmar, but wants to avoid the pitfalls of other Norwegian aid projects in the conflict-ridden country.
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Danish center-right alliance aims for deep aid cuts

Danish center-right alliance aims for deep aid cuts

The Danish election has given yet another populist party a key role in Nordic aid policy, paving the way for deep budget cuts and tightly linking aid to anti-immigration efforts. One in five Danes voted for the Danish People’s Party (DPP), whose programme states: “Denmark is not an immigrant country ... we will not accept transformation to a multi-ethnic society.”
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Sida chief on Zambian health aid scandal: ‘We needed to send a clear signal’

Sida chief on Zambian health aid scandal: ‘We needed to send a clear signal’

Back in 2009, SEK 7 million in Swedish aid were stolen by Health Ministry officials in Lusaka. Since then, Sweden has held back aid to Zambia worth 100 times more than that. Did the punishment fit the crime?
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Sweden announces core support to 2 multilaterals

Decisions on Swedish core funding for 2015 to two of eight key multilateral organisations - the Global Fund and OCHA - have finally been announced. Six UN agencies are still waiting.
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Lykketoft to celebrate his 70th as UNGA President

Denmark’s former Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft will serve as President of the UN’s 70th General Assembly in September.
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Consultants lose ground to NGOs in Swedish aid

Sida procurement of consultancy services has fallen dramatically since 2008. The criteria used by Sida for choosing between tendering and calls for proposals are not always clear.
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Norway looks to Sweden in overhaul of private sector aid

The Norwegian government pledges to step up funding of private sector support and introduces new competitive schemes, according to a new white paper.
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Bill Clinton’s pep talk for Norwegian aid officials

Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende had a neat gift for his staff before sending them off on their summer holiday.
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