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News / DT 8 / 2008

Swedish Chamber of Commerce suspected of aid embezzlement

 
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden is reeling from a development aid scandal in connection with alleged wrong-doings by the chamber’s former Deputy CEO Ingemar Nilsson.
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UN envoy urges donors to give Afghans more control

 
Donor countries should stop focusing aid on provinces where they have military personnel. Afghans need to have a greater say in how the money is spent. “They have to take the leadership, that is the only way to go," says Kai Eide, UN Special Envoy in Kabul, at a meeting with foreign correspondents in Oslo ahead of the Afganistan conference in Paris.
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Danish Red Cross: no common fund-raising rules

 
The Danish Red Cross will not adopt the changes in fund-raising policy currently being discussed by Red Cross national societies and the Red Cross Federation (IFRC) in Geneva.
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Civilian-military nexus to be integrated into new Danish defense strategy

 
Coordinated action between civilian and military actors will likely become more closely integrated into Denmark’s coming defense strategy. An on-going study of Danish experience in Iraq and Afghanistan will feed into negotiations on a new Defense Agreement to be negotiated next year. But NGOs worry that closer civilian-military cooperation can further erode independent humanitarian space.
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New boss of Swedish aid evaluation agency, SADEV

 
The Swedish government has appointed Gunilla Törnqvist as the new Director General of the Swedish Agency for Development Evaluation (SADEV).
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In for the long haul. Norad evaluation report

 
The annual report for 2007 of the Norad Evaluation Department points to the need for a long-term perspective in support to countries, particularly in Africa.
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AMC donors postpone final signing

 
The May 20 meeting in Ottawa of donors to the Advance Market Commitment (AMC) vaccine initiative failed to seal the deal as planned. (See DT 7/08)
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Solheim gives Africa less priority. Aid to Asia and Latin America escalates

 
New statistics show that Norwegian bilateral aid to Africa has grown at a much slower rate than total aid under Development Minister Erik Solheim’s regime. In the last four years, Norwegain aid has increased by almost 50 per cent, while Africa aid is up by only 27 per cent. Meanwhile, aid to Asia and Latin America has risen dramatically.
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