Wednesday, December 11, 2019

June / 2019

New Finnish government steps up aid, but at a slow pace

 
Finland’s new centre-left government promises to add EUR 500 million to the development cooperation budget over the coming four years with increases in financing for humanitarian aid, UN agencies and NGOs, and a renewed focus on rights and fighting climate change. The new government will hammer out a new Africa strategy and make the region the focus of Finnish aid.
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Emissions trading income could boost Finnish aid, but government silent so far

 
There is disappointment in Finland about the absence of a concrete timetable for increasing aid to the UN-recommended level of 0.7 per cent of GNI in the new government’s programme. Transferring income from emissions trading would help Finland reach this target sooner, but so far it remains unclear about whether these funds will be spent on aid.
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Helsinki has no plans to use emissions trading income to boost Finnish aid

 
There is “huge disappointment” in Finland about the decision not to transfer income from emissions trading to the development budget as a way of boosting the aid level. The new government programme contains no concrete timetable for increasing aid to the UN-recommended target of 0.7 per cent of GNI.
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OECD praises Sweden’s aid, warns of too many partners and overstretched staff

 
The OECD calls Sweden an “adept, ambitious and influential” donor, a champion of multilateralism that is generous with the amounts of aid it gives and effective and principled when it comes to humanitarian aid. Sweden does fall short in some areas, however. Swedfund is not integrated into the broader portfolio, Swedish aid is still spread too thinly, and the aid administration is understaffed.
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Sida to triple multi-year funding for non-Swedish democracy NGOs

 
Non-Swedish NGOs working om democracy issues can look forward to a substantial increase in long-term funding from the Swedish aid agency Sida. New recipients of multi-year grants will be selected among organisations Sida already knows, and there will be no open call for proposals. In Finland, competition is the general rule.
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Report to Sida: share corruption risk with NGOs, nuance zero-tolerance messaging

 
A scrutiny of Sida’s risk management shows that the agency has more appetite for risk in fragile states but remains protective of its own reputation. The elephant in the room is corruption.
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Western NGOs ‘must downsize’ to let local actors play a bigger humanitarian role

 
Three years after Western emergency relief organisations agreed that Southern actors receive too small a share of humanitarian funding compared with the formidable work they do, the distribution remains badly skewed. Progress is slow, partly because changing the balance will mean that Western organisations must downsize.
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Rasmus Prehn is Denmark’s new Development Minister

 
Mette Fredriksen, the youngest-ever Prime Minister in Danish history, has announced her cabinet and selected Rasmus Prehn (Social Democrat) to be her Minister for Development Cooperation. The new Danish government will strengthen “green diplomacy” and develop a new development strategy with a focus on climate.
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