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News / DT 12 / 2011

Palestinian support could be test case for aid taxation

 
In an effort to become independent of budget support, the Palestinian Authorities want to abolish tax exemptions on aid projects as part of an effort to broaden its tax base. The Palestinians raised the issue at the recent donor meeting in New York. Norway is considering the request.
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Sida’s billion-crown pot for NGOs up for grabs

 
For the first time, a significant portion of the billion-crown pot Sida spends on multi-year grants for NGOs will be up for grabs next year. But the system will be phased in gradually. Four NGOs’ agreements run out next year freeing up more than SEK 300 million.
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Day of reckoning for Global Fund

 
An international panel’s critical report of the Global Fund calls for fundamental changes in the way the organisation handles risk and corruption at a time when donor tolerance - and money - are running out.
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Sweden expands aid to Africa, funding of UN agencies at a standstill

 
More money for Africa and a huge capital injection for Swedfund are the main priorities in next year’s Swedish aid budget. Sweden keeps core funding of all major UN agencies unchanged.  Swedish aid will amount to SEK 35.8 billion.
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Norway’s most important foreign policy arena

 
When the 66th UN General Assembly gathered in New York this month, Norway sent Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and three cabinet ministers to participate. For Norway, which is not a member of EU or G20, the United Nations is the most important arena in foreign policy.
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Independent development research still a hard sell

 
Decision makers at the Foreign Ministry in Oslo have little interest in aid research that is independent of the political agenda.
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Donors ‘foster culture of tax evasion’

 
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, wrote in an opinion article in Development Today two years ago that while donors preach tax morality, they practice tax avoidance.
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