Thursday, December 12, 2019

DT 16 / 2014

Børge Brende breaks Norway’s years of silence on the Rohingya of Burma

The UN Rapporteur on Burma Yanghee Lee points to “systematic discrimination”. Former PM Kjell Magne Bondevik speaks of “crimes against humanity”. Nobel Lareate Amartya Sen calls it a “slow genocide”. In a rare public statement on the situation of the muslim minority in Rakhine state, Foreign Minister Børge Brende has expressed Norway’s concern.

Sweden leads Nordic battle against reporting profit-making loans as aid

With the OECD’s high-level aid meeting less than two weeks away there is a deadlock in the negotiations over how donors report their aid. At the centre of the dispute are profit-making loans from donors like France, Germany and Japan, which are reported as aid due to a loophole caused by outdated regulations that date back to the 1970s. 

Sida extends EcoEnergy guarantee in Tanzania

The Swedish sugar and ethanol project receives an eight-month grace period from Sida in the lead up to a decision on what could be the agency’s largest-ever guarantee.