Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DT 15-16 / 2008

Norwegian firms suspect World Bank of using secret blacklist

The World Bank has pulled out of a small hydropower project, Bugoye in Uganda, claiming the participation of two Norwegian firms poses “an unacceptable level of reputational risk to the World Bank Group". No Norwegian firms appear on the World Bank’s official blacklist of companies involved in corruption.

Carlsson and Solheim pull aid in opposite directions

Two Nordic donors from opposite ends of the political spectrum, both with aid levels of 1 per cent of GNI. In Sweden, the Conservative Gunilla Carlsson holds the aid portfolio. In Norway, Socialist Left Erik Solheim has one hand on the wheel. What are the main differences in their approaches?

No conditionality. Minister refuses to link forest aid to forest people’s rights

Forestry experts worry that Norwegian forest carbon aid can undermine the rights of already marginalised forest-dependent peoples, and trigger a global land grab. Development Minister Erik Solheim rejects the notion of making recognition of indigenous people’s rights to forests a condition of forest aid.

Budget 2009: Norway plays down UN, Africa

In the buget proposition for next year, the Norwegian government reaches an aid level 1 per cent of GNI. It does so at the expense of traditional aid to poor countries in Africa, which receive almost no increase. Fresh money is spent mostly on forest climate initiatives and refugees at home.