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News / DT 17 / 2011

Vows to ‘cut down on forest of policies’

 
The Swedish Foreign Ministry will reduce the number of overlapping policy documents steering the aid portfolio and concentrate more on long-term results.
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Norway-Brazil forest carbon deal caught in time lag

 
Norway’s innovative and ambitious forest climate agreement with Brazil is caught in a time lag, with political events overtaking the terms of the deal. As Norway announces another NOK 1 billion in aid for past reductions in deforestation, the Brazilian Senate passes a law that opens for massive clearing of the Amazon.
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Reflections on Sweden’s ‘unique relationship’ with Vietnam

 
An evaluation of Swedish aid to Vietnam over four decades concludes that Sweden has contributed to “lifting many millions of people out of income poverty”.
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Auditor General reveals weak management of Afghanistan aid

 
Proper documentation related to several programmes was lacking when the Auditor General scrutinised Norway’s disbursement of NOK 362 million of aid to Afghanistan last year. Despite the huge corruption risk, Norway did not ask for audits.
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Slow US disbursement. Global Fund cancels 2012 grant round

 
The Global Fund, struggling over the past year with increased donor scepticism and a shrinking budget, has announced that it must cancel plans to receive country applications for grants set for next March, the so-called “Round 11”
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Assessment of UN agencies gives unclear message

 
The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has carried out an assessment of 29 UN agencies and multilateral institutions. The usefulness of such a review is questionable, since the results are not comparable.
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Mekong mega-dam delayed again

 
The four member governments of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have again decided to delay the Xayaburi Dam, the first of 11 dams proposed for the Mekong River, pending further study of the impacts.
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Swedish fisheries expert to head MRC

 
Hans Guttman, a Swedish expert on aquatic resources management, has been appointed CEO of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
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Sweden increases aid to Afghanistan

 
The Swedish government has decided to increase bilateral long-term aid to Afghanistan.
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UN agencies score higher in new Swedish review

 
In a recent assessment by the Swedish Foreign Ministry, four multilateral institutions receive good marks for effectiveness and relevance to Swedish aid.
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