Tuesday, November 12, 2019

News / DT 11 / 2009

Warns Sweden on humanitarian principles

 
The OECD warns Sweden about locating a new emergency relief agency under the Defence Ministry, saying it “carries inherent risks to principles regarding the primacy of civilian authority over international humanitarian action".
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PM Stoltenberg pushed G8 donors to cut vaccine subsidies to drug industry

 
At a key point in the negotiations with other G8 donors, Norway threatened to pull out of the USD 1.5 billion vaccine project, AMC, internal documents obtained by Development Today show. Norway insisted that the price per dose must not exceed USD 7. Norway got its way.
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Danes reduce UN funding, step up private sector aid

 
Denmark keeps aid at the same level as this year in its budget proposal for 2010. Cuts in support for Nicaragua, Bolivia, Bangladesh and some UN agencies pave the way for funding of private sector aid in Africa.
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NOK 10m aid funds lost following Refugee Council’s departure from Sudan

 
A Norwegian NGO forced to leave Sudan this spring says it was pressured to pay termination packages to local staff in exchange for securing exit visas for two of its foreign staff. The total cost of the expulsion is NOK 10 million. Norwegian taxpayers will likely foot the bill.
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Financial crisis makes mark on Nordic aid budgets

 
Across the Nordics, the financial crisis has put a stop to the annual aid budget increases that have been the norm for so many years. Denmark and Finland aim to maintain aid at 2009 levels. Sweden is bracing for cuts. Norway might become the only country to increase its aid budget.
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MSF: success of AMC depends on increased competition

 
The humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières says a key factor to evaluate the success of the Advance Market Commitment is whether it ends up encouraging developing country vaccine suppliers to produce a pneumococcal vaccine.
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What kind of aid in a world where corruption is a fact of life?

 
Swedish Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson expresses despondency over the discovery of systematic embezzlement of aid funds from the Zambian Health Minsitry. The scandal "illustrates the problem with Swedish aid today", she says.
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