Saturday, December 16, 2017

News / DT 7 / 2017

Western NGOs lobby to tap into relief funds promised to local actors

 
In a power struggle over billions of dollars, international NGOs have successfully lobbied to keep hold of funds meant for local actors as part of an overhaul of global relief efforts, known as the Grand Bargain.  The reform states that one of four dollars should go directly to local actors, but the process is monopolised by Western donors and NGOs, a Development Today investigation shows.
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Gag rule, business, migration mark flat Finnish aid budget

 
Afghanistan and UNFPA are top beneficiaries as Finland’s aid budget for 2018 prioritises reproductive health, business and migration. The government hasadded EUR 9.5 million to the budget in a surprising last-minute move. Overall, Finland rolls back bilateral aid to fund a EUR 21 million expansion of multilateral aid.
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Denmark resumes funding to multilaterals like GEF and GAVI

 
A drastic drop in domestic refugee costs and a growing Danish economy allows Ulla Tørnæs, who returns as Development Minister, to spend DKK 2.6 billion more in aid abroad next year.
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Ulla Tørnæs reverses planned NGO cuts. Danish IPPF doubles grant size

 
Danish NGOs had been bracing for the results of a Foreign Ministry plan to reduce the number of NGO grant recipients. But Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs stepped in and added DKK 230 million to the pot.
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Sweden pledges SEK 750m in climate aid next year

 
The Swedish government has announced SEK 5 billion for climate and environment next year, of which SEK 750 million are international aid-financed initiatives.
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