Thursday, February 21, 2019

News / DT-18 / 2004

Norway bucks joint-donor effort to harmonise humanitarian aid

 
At the second donors’ meeting on Good Humanitarian Donorship held in Ottawa last month, Norway expressed resentment and reservations about the on-going process of improving international emergency aid. Norway proposed to dismantle a key Geneva-based donor group that is pushing forward efforts to harmonise and reform humanitarian assistance.
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IFAD, Nordics to re-focus on rural poverty

 
In the context of the upcoming five-year evaluation of the Millenium Development Goals, the five Nordic governments and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) are moving to strengthen the focus on the 900 million people living in rural poverty.
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Crisis of humanitarianism: donors and ‘embedded NGOs’ share blame

 
The announcement by Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) of its withdrawal from Iraq on November 4 marks a watershed in the humanitarian medical organisation’s history.
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Swedish Minister on death of Margaret Hassan

 
Following the apparent killing of Margaret Hassan of CARE in Iraq, Swedish Development Minister Carin Jämtin expressed her dismay in an official statement.
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Danes want new global fund for repatriation of refugees

 
Since Danish Minister for Refugees, Immigration and Integration Affairs Bertel Haarder added the development portfolio to his title in August, he has wasted no time in directing more aid funds to improving the situation of refugees and internally displaced people in their regions of origin.
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UNHCR cautious about Danish approach to refugees

 
Måns Nyberg, Senior Regional Public Information Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Stockholm office, tells Development Today that the idea of a global fund for refugee repatriation is so new that his organisation has not officially taken a stand on it.
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Finland stays out of Global AIDS Fund

 
Finland’s aid spending on health care in developing countries attempts to focus on wider, multi-sectoral approaches to health issues, and does not finance the Global AIDS Fund.
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Norway shares doubts about Global AIDS Fund’s performance

 
As the Board of the Global AIDS Fund gathers in Arusha, Norway is among the donor countries critical of the Fund.
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Denmark applauded for remaining in Kenya in times of trouble

 
Bad governance and widespread corruption made several donors stop development assistance to Kenya during the 1990s.
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UN casts doubt on Norwegian export of mandatory religion education

 
The Norwegian government has expressed the intention to export its prestigious primary school religion curriculum as a tool in the fight against terror. Doubt has now been cast on these plans following a ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee that the curriculum violates Article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which deals with freedom of religion.
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People

 
The Norwegian Sissel Ekaas has been appointed Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Ekaas has since 1998 served as Director in the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
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