Combating migration key focus of new Danish aid budget

The Danish government puts efforts to prevent migration at the centre of its aid budget for next year. In addition, private sector schemes are scaled up. 

Slight boost in Finnish aid next year, but growth is not expected to last

The Ministry of Finance proposes to increase Finland’s aid by EUR 66 million next year to EUR 876 million, following the dramatic cuts it announced a year ago. 

From Kabul to Bamako: a joint US-Nordic agenda on security and development

A recent US-Nordic statement highlights an aligned security and aid agendas running through Muslim-dominated hot spots from Kabul in the east to Iraq, Syria and the Sahel region and to Bamako in the west.  
Kai Mykkänen takes over aid portfolio in Finland

Kai Mykkänen takes over aid portfolio in Finland

In a cabinet reshuffle on June 22, the Finnish trade and aid portfolio is taken over by a National Coalition Party MP who becomes minister for the first time.

Final effort to salvage Amaila hydro project, but Guyana minister says: ‘We just can’t afford it’

Norway has earmarked NOK 600 million in equity for the Amaila project and still wants to see it built. Guyana meanwhile is courting SN Power about smaller dams.

Tanzanian MPs block Bagamoyo sugar project citing damage to river ecosystem

A Tanzanian Parliamentary Committee is calling for the Swedish-owned sugar plantation in Bagamoyo to be moved away from the Wami River in order to protect wildlife in Saadani National Park.

Sharpened focus on Danish interests in draft aid policy

The Danish government has launched a draft aid policy that views Denmark’s use of development assistance largely in terms of gaining influence in international processes and promoting national interest.

Kerry fronts climate, energy on Nordic tour

Climate and energy were at the centre of Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Denmark and Norway, following the US-Nordic summit in Washington a month ago.

Army of highly-paid technical advisors in Kabul holds lessons for donors in other fragile states

Donors bankrolled an army of advisors in Kabul in an effort to accelerate development. The unintended consequences were corruption, resentment among Afghan civil servants and a failure to build capacity.

Danish sales to UN recover after losses in 2014

UN procurement statistics for 2015 show that Danish supplies to UN agencies increased by 33 per cent, making up for heavy losses in 2014.

Norway’s Prime Minister champions SDGs

Conservative PM Erna Solberg has profiled the climate and development agenda at a range of events at home and abroad. 

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