Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DT 14-15 / 2005

Denmark’s role in US-led coalition led to few contracts in Iraq

Immediately after the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Denmark moved fast to announce pledges of reconstruction and humanitarian aid and to position itself to reap potentially huge economic benefits. But initial optimism has been crushed by the reality of the security situation in Iraq. Aid funds remain unspent. All Danish NGOs but one have pulled their staff out of the country. And the expected rush of commercial contracts has simply failed to materialise.

Sweden scales up support to UN and World Bank, Africa key priority

Sweden continues to step up its development assistance through the UN and the World Bank to record levels. In a few years, Sweden has doubled its funding of IDA and UN agencies like UNFPA, UNAIDS and the WFP. Swedish aid is rising by no less than 20 per cent next year. This is impressive, but it’s not quite the 1.0 per cent of GNI that the government claims. SEK 638 million of the budget frame, mainly for Eastern Europe, cannot be reported as aid to the OECD. Moreover, the Swedish aid administration will be hard pressed to swallow this increase. Last year unused Swedish aid funds from earlier aid budgets amounted to SEK 2.2 billion.

Record sales for Norwegian emergency relief industry

The Norwegian emergency relief industry is experiencing a bumper year. During the first six months of 2005, sales through the so-called NOREPS, a network of Norwegian emergency relief firms, amounted to NOK 228 million. This already exceeds the total export from NOREPS firms during the whole of last year, according to sales statistics obtained by Development Today.