Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DT 14-15 / 2011

World Bank clears Norplan, Veidekke dropped out

 
One of Norway’s leading consultants Norplan has been cleared by the World Bank of suspected irregularities after a two-and-a-half year long process. IFC Vice President Rashad-Rudolf Kaldany comments to Development Today on claims that the World Bank has an “unofficial black list”.
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Finnish-Kenyan AIDS drug aims for global market

 
A Kenya-based pharmaceutical company in Finnfund’s investment portfolio has gained WHO approval for an HIV drug which now opens access to the giant UN and Global Fund market.
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Blasts Gunilla Carlsson’s aid reforms

 
Sida is drowning in the reports it is required to deliver to the government. The Swedish public agency that scrutinises government activities has delivered a withering assessment of Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson’s way of managing the development aid portfolio.
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Proposes ending tax exemption for aid projects

 
Development Minister Erik Solheim will soon have on his table a proposal for abolishing tax exemption on Norwegian-funded aid projects.
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Hautala: ‘more vocal on human rights in Ethiopia’

 
Donors should be much more active in raising the issue of restrictions on human rights in Ethiopia, says Heidi Hautala, Finland’s Development Minister on her return from Addis Ababa.
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Danish aid funds to increase by DKK 800m for 2012-13

 
The Danish Social Democrat-led government will increase the budget for development aid by DKK 834 million over the coming two years as compared with plans set by the out-going administration.
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Pneumonia dominates GAVI billion-dollar grants

 
In the largest-ever approval of grants for vaccines announced by the GAVI alliance this fall almost two-thirds of the funds are to be spent on one disease: pneumonia.
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DAC spreads aid activities ‘too thinly’

 
A Finnish top official wants the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to narrow down its focus and work more strategically.
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