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News / DT 16 / 2012

Friis Bach bucks donor trend, aims for more budget support

Budget support, where donors inject funds directly into the state coffers of recipient governments, allowing them to set their own priorities, is falling out of favour in Sweden, Norway and the EU. Danish Development Minister Christian Friis Bach acknowledges it carries political risks. But he insists that budget support promises the best results in the long term, and he is willing to fight for it.

Donors in Kampala freeze more aid

Nine donors have withheld USD 270 million in budget support to Uganda, arguing that the recent corruption scandal has caused a “breach of trust”.

OECD: nuclear disarmament not reportable as aid

Norway has explored the possibility of reporting its nuclear disarmament efforts as aid. But the OECD, which monitors development assistance, rejects this interpretation of its rules.

Norway expands forest climate aid to Vietnam

Norway is providing NOK 180 million in funding for Vietnam’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from its forestry sector. 

Another billion to Brazil

Minister for the Environment Bård Vegar Solhjell has announced that Norway has set aside another NOK 1 billion payment for Brazil’s reductions in deforestation, bringing total Norwegian forest aid for Brazil to NOK 3.55 billion.