Monday, November 18, 2019

News / DT 13 / 2004

Government launches ‘triangle of change’: Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan

 
The Danish right-wing government’s increased focus on security in development policy was confirmed once again in a plan outlining its priorities for Danish development assistance for 2005-2009 that was made public on August 26.
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Vaccine Fund staff moves to Geneva to join GAVI Secretariat

 
The GAVI Board has at its latest meeting decided that the GAVI Secretariat and Vaccine Fund management should share premises in Geneva. This means closing down the Fund’s headquarters in Lyon.
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Norway sharpens tools in peace building

 
A new report referred to as a strategic framework for Norway’s role in peace building was launched by Development Minister Hilde Frafjord Johnson recently. Norway will give priority to areas where it has been involved in the peace process, like Sudan. Conflict analysis will be developed for cooperation countries to avoid Norwegian aid worsening conflicts. However, the report has no references to the war on terror and how this can affect peace building.
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Sida proposes humanitarian aid guidelines

 
Sida has drafted proposals for its first set of guidelines on humanitarian aid. The Foreign Ministry is also working on principles of the humanitarian aid support it channels through the UN. These will be combined into a report on Swedish humanitarian aid to be tabled before the government by the end of the year.
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IFU ‘plays it safe’ in Africa

 
The Danish Industrialisation Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) should direct a larger share of its investments to poorer countries to optimise the development impact, a new evaluation by the Nordic Consulting Group recommends.
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DAC to reach consensus on CDM reporting

 
A working group in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in Paris is now in the process of establishing guidelines for donors to report Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects as official development assistance (ODA) to the OECD.
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Ownership transfers from Statkraft to SNPI delayed

 
Two years ago when Statkraft and NORFUND combined NOK 1 billion in capital to form the hydropower investment company Statkraft Norfund Power Invest (SNPI), it was announced that Statkraft’s ownership of two existing dams in Laos and Nepal would be transferred to the new company. This has still not occurred.
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In Brief

 
Karin Roxman, who has been responsible for handling Iraq at the Swedish Foreign Ministry, takes up her new position as Swedish Ambassador to Iraq on September 1. She will be based at the Swedish Embassy in Amman until a Swedish Embassy in Baghdad can be opened.
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