Nordic funding of UNDP is on a downward trend due to donors’ shift in priorities and concern about the agency’s human rights mandate. Yet as the Nordics flash the money weapon, a weakened US dollar might soften the message. In US dollars, contributions will likely increase.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry does not view other state agencies as separate legal entities. That means Sida can continue to engage Swedish government institutions in aid projects without tendering the assignments. However, the Ministry wants Sida to put more emphasis on competition and tenders, and awaits the aid agency’s new procurement rules.
Denmark has launched an ambitious new strategy for doubling its annual aid to Afghanistan over the coming four years. The strategy aims to shift the balance from Danish military efforts to more resources for civilian reconstruction. But to get there, Denmark opens for more troops in the first phase of the five-year plan.
The Governor of the US state of New Mexico Bill Richardson has called for the option of multilateral humanitarian intervention by force in Darfur and Burma to prevent humanitarian disasters.
He was speaking on post-Bush foreign policy at the Nobel Institute in Oslo this month.