Parliamentary deal hikes Norway’s aid to record level. Big winners are NGOs, UN

Following intense negotiations in Parliament most of the cuts proposed in the aid budget for 2016 have been rolled back. The main winners are Norwegian NGOs and UN agencies.
To Denmark’s disappointment, Grandi of Italy appointed to UNHCR top post

To Denmark’s disappointment, Grandi of Italy appointed to UNHCR top post

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the Italian UN diplomat Filippo Grandi as the new UN High Commissioner for Refugees, dashing the hopes of Denmark’s candidate for the post, former Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt.

Court to rule on compensation for abducted, injured NRC worker

A trial in Oslo that could set a legal precedent for relief organisations’ responsibility for staff injured in conflict zones around the world has been followed closely by NGO representatives. 

New, deeper cuts in Norway’s aid may set priorities for years to come

The refugee crisis has paved the way for sudden and historic cuts in Norwegian aid, and the Blue-Blue government is putting its mark on the aid budget. Some areas are sheltered, while others take the brunt of the NOK 4 billion in cuts. 

‘Icing on the cake’. Google buys into Nordic-backed mega-windfarm in Kenya

Africa’s biggest windfarm at Lake Turkana in Kenya would not have been possible without three Nordic aid-financed investors committing equity for the project in an early phase, an executive at the firm says to Development Today. 

Guyana says Amaila dam is ‘too expensive’

The new government in Georgetown is willing to continue the climate forest partnership with Norway, but says it cannot accept the Amaila Falls hydro project - the flagship of the deal - in its current form.

Swedish government considers even more aid cuts

The Swedish government is discussing more cuts in aid to fund costs related to receiving more than a 100,000 refugees expected next year.

Denmark would be first Nordic to leave UNIDO

The leadership of UNIDO hopes Denmark will change its mind about cancelling its membership in the agency as announced in the 2016 aid budget. 

Nordic donors exit Mekong River Commission

For the last two decades, three Nordic donors have been the river commission’s main source of funding, providing almost half of total support. From 2016, Finland and Denmark are likely to be out, leaving Sweden as the only Nordic.

Auditor questions Norfund’s fossil fuel investment

The share of Norfund’s investments in poor countries dropped last year and the fund became a major owner of fossil fuel power plants in Africa. 

Sida’s stake in Bagamoyo hangs by a thread

The agreement between Sida and the biofuel company Bagamoyo EcoEnergy expires in two months. If the firm does not find an investor for the ambitious sugar project in Tanzania by year's end, Sida stands to lose up to SEK 54 million. 

Four Nordics top first SDG donor ranking

Once again, four Nordic countries find themselves at the top of a donor ranking; this one being the first to measure commitment to the new SDGs.

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