The Vaccine Fund is preparing a report for the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to maintain its favourable publicly-supported charity status. Norway’s recent pledge of NOK 1.5 billion until 2010 could do the trick as the Vaccine Fund makes its case to IRS.
Norway, which has the world’s highest per capita level of humanitarian aid, has not hesitated to use the title “humanitarian superpower". But does this assistance respond more to the needs of people in emergency situations or to Norwegian political interests?
Information material from about development issues produced by Norwegian NGOs is dominated by their need to raise money. For fear of losing state funding, organisations avoid critical and controversial messages, according to a review of state support for information.