Sunday, December 15, 2019

DT 2 / 2005

Kofi Annan virtually excludes Frafjord Johnson

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has announced criteria for selecting the new Administrator of UNDP. Contrary to optimistic predictions in the Norwegian press, these virtually exclude the Norwegian Development Minister Hilde Frafjord Johnson as a candidate.

Eva Joly to review anti-corruption policies of multilateral banks

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested the renowned corruption fighter Eva Joly to examine the anti-corruption policies of the multilateral development banks (MDBs). Development Today has learned that Joly has agreed to undertake the review, which is expected to take a couple of months.

Direct purchase of consultants still favoured by Sida staff

A Development Today analysis of Swedish aid procurement statistics for 2004 shows that in two-thirds of the largest Sida-financed consultancy contracts, there was no competitive tendering. According to Sida lawyer Stefan Roos, this contradicts the spirit of Sida’s procurement rules, introduced two years ago, which were supposed to increase international competition in Swedish aid-financed procurement Swedish suppliers continued to dominate last year, while foreign companies captured only a small fraction of the Swedish aid market.