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.
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.
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.
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.