Nordic donors are not happy with the outcome of the World Bank voting power reform. Both African countries and Europe lost out in the process. Some donors now fear the Bank's development mandate will be weakened after changes in voting power drastically reduced their influence.
The Swedish government wants new players in civil society to have access to Sida’s NGO information budget. According to current rules, NGOs must raise 10 per cent of their Sida grant to be eligible for these funds. But most of the potential new players identified don’t engage in fund-raising activities. Now the Foreign Ministry is considering changing the rule.
Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb has presented Finland’s first policy paper on peace mediation. “The peace mediation initiative is a starting shot; the aim is to make Finland a great power in peace mediation," he said at the launch.
The Danish government has launched a climate aid package worth DKK 1.2 billion as part of the “fast track" funds promised by rich countries at the Copenhagen Climate Summit . These same funds have been announced by Denmark before - not once, but twice.
Two Nordic donors are the first to contribute to a new World Bank trust fund for Pakistan that aims to finance projects in the country’s Northwest region. Funding is directly linked to efforts to combat terrorism and bring security to the border areas with Afghanistan.
The Finnish government has decided to increase the number of Finnish troops participating in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan by about 50 so that the total number at the beginning of 2011 will be no more than 195 soldiers.