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News / DT 13-14 / 2015

The Nordic donors: Were they ever so special?

 
Nordic church organisations conclude in a report that their governments have given up their “exceptional” aid model. But were the Nordics ever so special?  
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Finnish and Danish NGOs lay off staff as massive aid cuts become a reality

 
The large Finnish organisations have had to lay off 200 development specialists, but NGOs haven’t quite given up. In Denmark, however, the cuts are a done deal.
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Global Fund demands refund of EUR 9m for misused grants in Burkina Faso

 
As the Global Fund hones its system for handling corruption cases, it has held back USD 9 million in grants to Bangladesh, Guatemala and Nigeria as punishment for misuse in the past.
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Norway wants access to Eritrea to verify safety for return of refugees

 
In spite of reports of massive human rights violations in Eritrea, Norway is pushing for the country to accept observers who can verify whether the situation is safe enough to send refugees back.
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UNHCR top post slips out of Denmark’s grasp

 
Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen did not hide his disappointment at the selection of the Italian UN diplomat Filippo Grandi to head the UN refugee agency.
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Sweden stabilises refugee aid spending

 
The Swedish government is expanding public spending this year by SEK 11 billion to cover domestic refugee costs without tapping into the aid budget.
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Green Climate Fund aims at rapid scale-up of investments to USD 2.5b next year

 
The first eight projects approved by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are a cautious beginning, but the fund must quickly scale up investments, the Co-chair of the fund Henrik Harboe says. Frustrated by the slow pace of project approvals, GCF Board members from India, Egypt and Saudi Arabia pushed through the ambitious, concrete investment target for 2016. approvals, GCF Board members from India, Egypt and Saudi Arabia pushed through the ambitious, concrete investment target for 2016. approvals, GCF Board members from India, Egypt and Saudi Arabia pushed through the ambitious, concrete investment target for 2016.
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