Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Hard-won battle in Paris over which military costs can be counted as aid

A ministerial OECD meeting has allowed for some anti-terror efforts to be counted as official development assistance (ODA). Sweden took the lead in blocking efforts to use aid to finance other military activities.

Crowded pack of contenders, no easy ride to UNEP’s helm for Nordic candidates

Finland’s Sirpa Pietikäinen and Norway’s Erik Solheim, both former environment ministers, face tough competition in a hot race to become chief of the Nairobi-based UN environment agency, UNEP. 

First riparian takes helm of cash-strapped Mekong river agency

After decades under Western leadership, the Mekong River Commission is being headed by a Vietnamese national.

Sida: no promises for Bagamoyo sugar project

The Bagamoyo saga drags on. The Swedish-owned firm BEE has an investor and the African Development Bank remains interested. But without the Tanzanian government’s green light, Sida is not on board.

New instrument to replace Finnish concessional credits

In 2012, then minister for Development Cooperation Heidi Hautala terminated the Finnish concessional credits programme and promised to develop new instruments for cooperation with the private sector.