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News / DT 7 / 2011

UN tribunal clears suspect in UNDP-Missionpharma kickback case

UNDP must pay USD 140,000 in compensation to a former employee, Roberto Garcia, who was fired after wrongfully being linked to a case of suspected bribery, the UN Dispute Tribunal has ruled. Garcia was suspected of corruption on a large Missionpharma contract handled by UNDP on behalf of the Global Fund. The tribunal fully exonerates him, finding no evidence of wrongdoing.

Denmark links aid and increased military action to fight piracy

A new strategy on combating piracy combines increased Danish aid to Somalia with intensification of military and other efforts. Denmark is open to extending the mandate of international military operations against pirates to attacks on Somalian soil.

Gates, Norway, UK likely to be top GAVI donors

The American philanthropist and business magnate Bill Gates said in Oslo recently that the Gates Foundation, Norway and the United Kingdom will commit substantial increases in funding of the vaccine alliance GAVI at the pledging meeting in London.

Looming financial crisis for key UN agencies

UN agencies operate increasingly as agents of a handful of donors, carrying out missions based on earmarked financing. Core funding for UN agencies is dropping sharply across the board making them less independent. This is the consistent message in documents from the key UN agencies ahead of their annual board meetings.

OECD worried about cuts in Danish aid administration

Denmark receives overall good marks from the OECD aid peer review. Still, reviewers point to the ever-present tension between national interest and altruism in the Danish aid portfolio.

Sweden welcomes setback for Uganda’s anti-gay bill

The Ugandan Parliament failed to take up the proposed Anti-homosexuality Bill this month in the wake of strong opposition from rights groups and some Western countries.