Thursday, December 12, 2019

DT 18 / 2005

Volcker Commission: Volvo refused to cooperate with investigation

The commission looking into alleged corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food programme charges that Volvo Construction Equipment (CE), a subsidiary of the giant Volvo Group of Sweden, refused to cooperate with investigators. It concludes that the Swedish company “knowingly" paid kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime in connection with a large contract for vehicles delivery.

Government deal ends era of 100% NGO financing

The Danish government is putting an end to a decade of full state financing for large NGOs. From next year, NGOs will be required to raise funds from the public equivalent to 5 per cent of their Danida annual grant . In 2007, this increases to 10 per cent. MS and Ibis are in hot water.

Wangari Maathai considers ‘liaison’ role in de Soto commission

DT has learned that the Kenyan Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai has accepted in principle to be associated with the High-Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Maathai is reportedly in close dialogue with the secretariat for the commission. She has indicated that she wants to have a special role as “liaison officer" with civil society.