Monday, December 09, 2019

DT 14 / 2006

Norway targets WB experts, plays down role of Statoil, Norsk Hydro

A bottleneck for expansion of Norway’s prestigious Oil for Development programme is the shortage of experts. Norway aims to double funding of oil-related aid schemes, but only 30-35 man years are currently available. The capacity has to be expanded and one source might be World Bank expertise. Statoil and Norsk Hydro have been asked to provide staff, but this initiative is likely to be played down.

Finland plans massive boost in budget support to EUR 52m by 2009

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is aiming to direct increasing proportions of a growing aid pie to general budget support in Finland’s main partner countries in the face of continuing concern about corruption.

Swedish Red Cross considers diverting ‘excess’ funds to other crises

The Swedish Red Cross is seriously considering introducing a mechanism that would, in cases where SRC receives more donations than it feels it can use, permit the organisation to divert money to needy causes in other parts of the world.