Sunday, December 15, 2019

DT 2 / 2010

SEK 1.3 billion in Nordic government and NGO funds for Haiti

Funds raised in the four Nordic countries in response to the Haiti earthquake have reached SEK 1.29 billion, divided evenly between governments and public donations to NGOs, Development Today’s overview reveals.

Oslo to weigh support to Clinton Foundation as contract expires

Norway is one of the Clinton Foundation’s main donors. As the current funding agreement expires at year's end, a decision must be made about whether to continue. Back in 2003, the Foreign Ministry in Oslo had strong misgivings about supporting the foundation.

EU ‘disappointed’ by Sweden’s unilateral aid cuts in Zambia

The EU Delegation in Zambia, chair of the nine-donor budget support group up to last year, criticises Sweden's last-minute decision to cut SEK 145m in support for 2009. The EU was informed of the decision a month after it was taken.

Tore Godal on the elusive malaria vaccine

The Norwegian veteran of global health policy, the doctor and government advisor Tore Godal, reflects on the promise and possible pitfalls of using a so-called AMC approach to trigger the development of a vaccine for malaria. Without competition among firms, he says, an AMC will not work.

KfW may throw lifeline to Norwegian mixed credits

As many as 16 infrastructure projects with a contract value of USD 120 million are at risk of not being implemented because in-fighting in the Norwegian government has stalled the establishment of a guarantee system. Now the German development bank KfW may step in.

Private sector policy quiet on Swedish firms’ role in aid

Swedish Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson's new private sector policy highlights the role of growth in development, but gives few concrete hints about how Swedish firms can become more involved in aid.