Monday, December 16, 2019

DT 13 / 2014

Donors mitigate Afghan cash crisis in wake of military withdrawal

Political uncertainty and the withdrawal of foreign troops have created a fiscal gap in Afghanistan of more than half a billion dollars. Donors led by the United States and the United Kingdom are putting together an urgent aid package to help the Afghan government overcome a cash crisis that has made it unable to pay salaries to its staff on time. The Nordic countries are expected to play a minor role in the move to solve the crisis.

Aid pays heavily for Sweden’s open immigration policy

The costs of up to 100,000 people predicted to seek asylum in Sweden next year take SEK 8.5 billion out of the new government’s first aid budget.

Uneasy withdrawal from Nile Basin cooperation

After spending USD 200 million over more than a decade to lay the foundations for cooperation among the ten Nile Basin countries, donors are pulling back.

Norway funds dams to promote peace in Myanmar

While SN Power considers building a dam near Mandalay, the Norwegian energy directorate NVE has launched long-term cooperation with the government.