A decision to commit USD 1.5 billion for the Advance Market Commitment, a subsidy package that aims to stimulate production of vaccines for poor countries, is just weeks away. Yet the six donors, including Norway, are still waiting for key facts about how the subsidy will work. MSF has asked for background information about AMC to be put in the public domain to allow for informed debate. This has been promised, but has not yet materialised.
The Swedish government is tightening the guidelines regarding disbursement of Swedish general budget support, and taking back some of the control over this form of development assistance from the aid agency, Sida.
The 75-year-old sexual rights organisation RFSU and the Swedish branch of Worldwide Fund for Nature, WWF, have become Sida framework NGOs, thereby entitling them to potentially large multi-year grants.
Donors will meet at Foreign Minister level in London May 2 to discuss future support for the Palestinian territories. They will try to keep the momentum behind the USD 7.7 billion pledge made when they last met in Paris less than five months ago.