The Swedish government is preparing to launch a new policy on aid and terrorism prevention.
According to the draft text of the policy obtained by Development Today, Sweden’s approach will be nuanced and sober. It makes no links to geographical areas, and emphasises that fighting terrorism should not be a goal of development aid in and of itself.
The Nordic donor block’s share of World Bank funding over the next three years will drop. But a sharp rise in Finnish funds will soften the fall, Development Today has learned ahead of the final negotiations for IDA 15 in Berlin, December 13-14.
The authority of the new World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick is at stake as donors meet in Berlin to finalise negotiations about the next three years of funding for the International Development Association (IDA).
Choosing to avoid a messy and possibly even more expensive ordeal, the Danish Red Cross decided on December 6 to opt for a DKK 750,000 pension package for its former Secretary General Jørgen Poulsen who was forced to step down last month.