Business / DT-19 / 2004

Sida demands refund of SEK 110m after failed road project

 
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) claims that the consultant Hifab/KM has the main responsibility for the construction of a bad quality road in Nicaragua. The Sida-financed project had to be stopped in 2001. The road was then redesigned and redone by the Swedish firm NCC.
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Consultants resent NCA’s ‘aggressive tactics’ in water market

 
Norwegian private consulting companies accuse Norwegian Church Aid of pushing them out of the bilateral aid-financed water market in developing countries. And they blame the Foreign Ministry for allowing a practice that undermines the Norwegian private sector in this field. In its defence, NCA says consultants are simply desperate for contracts because aid is no longer tied.
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Nordics push for cross-debarment system in multilaterals

 
The Nordic-Canadian-Dutch constituency in the Board of the Asian Development Bank is pushing for more transparency in the ADB’s approach to anti-corruption work.
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Donors discuss big changes in NDF, target infrastructure projects

 
The Deputies Group and the Board of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) are discussing far-reaching changes in the Fund. Key issues are narrowing down its focus to infrastructure, untying and establishing an NDF grant facility.
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