News / DT 19 / 2010

High dams in Ethiopia put Nile cooperation to the test

 
When Norway launched an aid package for Ethiopia to study two of the largest hydropower projects in Africa, the political prospects for cooperation along the Nile appeared good. A year later, the political rhetoric is strident. Ethiopia has pushed ahead with a Nile agreement that Egypt and Sudan refuse to sign. The dams would fundamentally change the hydro-political balance in the Nile Basin. DT asks how Norway views its role.
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GAVI launches new vaccine, but funding gap remains

 
GAVI has announced the launch of a brand new pneumonia vaccine in Nicaragua, just a few months after the drug was introduced in rich countries. But the vaccine agency has a daunting USD 3.7 billion funding gap, a large part of which is needed to finance the distribution of pneumonia vaccine in dozens of other developing countries.
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Pind prepares for political battle over IFU’s future

 
There will be no privatisation of the Danish aid-financed risk capital fund IFU, but the fund will be allowed to invest in emerging economies, Development Today has learned. Formal decisions about the future of IFU have been postponed until January. Meanwhile, Development Minister Søren Pind prepares for a battle with the Ministry of Finance over IFU.
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Donor fatigue leads to use of local channels in Somalia

 
Twenty years after the collapse of the central government in Somalia, donors are still struggling to find cooperation partners for long-term aid. The central government is unable to provide services to its people and donors have sought out regions where there are functioning administrations.
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Positive signals for budget support to Tanzania

 
A recent preliminary donor assessment of conditions for giving general budget support to Tanzania offered positive signs for the release of funds early next year.
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Denmark receives top marks for emergency relief aid

 
Denmark scores highest in this year’s Humanitarian Response Index (HRI), an independent ranking of donor performance in the field of emergency assistance. Norway and Sweden drop to 4th and 5th places, respectively.
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Friends of Zimbabwe push for legitimate elections

 
The group of 24 donors that provide development assistance to Zimbabwe welcome progress achieved by the Inclusive Government of President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
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Norway funds equipment for Somaliland to fight pirates

 
A Norwegian funded project has provided radar and communications equipment for authorities at Berbera Port in Somaliland to improve capacity to fight pirates hijacking ships off the coast of Somalia.
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Donor darlings and aid orphans

 
Danish Development Minister Søren Pind will decide in the coming weeks where to concentrate Danish development assistance and which countries to drop from the aid portfolio. The Foreign Ministry is taking comments until December 17.
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