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News / DT 12 / 2009

Tanzania: Norway dumps auditor who revealed massive corruption

 
Norway has reduced its refund claims to a fraction of the original estimate of USD 30 million in misused aid from a natural resources programme in Tanzania. The Danish auditor who investigated the programme questions why the amount is being so drastically reduced. The Norwegians have kept him out of the process.
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Fewer Nordic top UN jobs. Swedes still dominate

 
In the past two years there has been a slight reduction in the number of Nordic officials working in prominent positions in the UN System, Development Today’s overview shows. See the full list.
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Marginal increase in Väyrynen's aid budget for 2010

 
The Finnish government’s budget for 2010 marks a rise of EUR 50 million in total ODA to EUR 966 million in total. This is equal to a level of 0.55 per cent of next year’s estimated GNI.
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Danes link humanitarian aid to neutrality principle

 
Denmark’s humanitarian assistance will follow the principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship and respect the independence of humanitarian actors from political and military agendas. Former critics are cautiously optimistic.
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Explores new contacts with Caribbean island states

 
In her first visit to the Nordic region, the head of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Len Ishmael has been in Helsinki to discuss closer political collaboration and possible assistance from Finland.
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‘Does aid work?’: the culture of the brown envelope

 
In the report, “Does aid work?", published by the U4 Anti Corruption Resource Centre in Bergen, Eirik Jansen, former Task Officer for the corruption-tainted Management of Natural Resources Programme (MNRP) in Tanzania, puts the spotlight on fraud related to seminars and per diem.
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Officials charged for embezzlement of Norwegian aid

 
Tanzanian police have concluded an investigation of six officials suspected of embezzling Norwegian aid funds, reports the Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen.
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Denmark cuts aid to Nicaragua

 
Following a visit to Nicaragua in late August Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs has decided to cut and change the direction of remaining Danish aid to the country.
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