Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DT 8 / 2010

‘Reforms may stop’ as Sida troika quits, union leader says

In a dramatic intervention, Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson fires the head of Sida, Anders Nordström. A few days later, his two deputies also resign. With the entire leadership gone, Carlsson’s reform agenda may be at risk, a Sida union leader says.

Ground-breaking deal with Indonesia, weak language on rights

Norway and Indonesia have signed a USD 1 billion aid deal aimed at curbing deforestation as part of an effort to combat climate change. A remarkable achievement of the agreement is a two-year ban on forest concessions. But the text is very weak on indigenous people’s rights.

Denmark sharpens tool for promoting freedom and rights

Denmark wants to be a tougher, more focused actor in development cooperation in the coming years. A new development strategy calls for stronger engagement in fewer countries and a more targeted approach to promoting values such as freedom and human rights.

MT Højgaard wins big in Finnish mixed credit portfolio

Finland approved the largest portfolio of mixed credit projects among the Nordics in 2009, an overview by Development Today shows. If the projects materialise five Finnish and one Danish company will receive EUR 41.6 million in aid subsidies for contracts.

Danish mixed credits plunge to record low level

Denmark approved a record low level of aid subsidies for the mixed credit export scheme last year. The contract value of the projects. which mainly benefit Danish firms, amounted to DKK 282 million - down from DKK 2.2 billion in 2005.