Wednesday, November 14, 2018

March / 2018

‘Rage donations’ poured into MSF in wake of Norwegian political row

 
As the result of an unprecedented political feud in Norway over immigration and anti-terror measures, two aid organisations MSF and Plan found themselves at the centre of events. Rage donations, seen as a US phenomenon in the Trump era, entered the peaceful Norwegian aid community with full force.
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Sida should initiate independent review of its failure to warn Oxfam

 
A decade ago an official at Sida warned about a sexual abuser working in a key position at Oxfam, but the aid agency failed to inform the organisation about the matter.
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No paper trail, no report. Sida blames ex-staff for not warning Oxfam about sexual abuser

 
The Swedish aid agency Sida points to the former head of its Humanitarian Department as being responsible for not informing Oxfam ten years ago about a sexual abuser in Haiti, the focus of intense media scrutiny since early February. The former Sida staffer, Per Byman, tells Development Today that he raised the matter internally at the time, but never received advice on how to handle the matter.
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USD 100m for UNWRA fails to compensate for Trump cuts

 
Donors have pledged USD 100 million in fresh money for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) and frontloaded millions more at an extraordinary donor gathering in Rome Thursday.
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Sida satisfied with Oxfam’s safeguard systems, releases SEK 104m

 
A three-year humanitarian aid grant to Oxfam, frozen by Sida last month in response to allegations of sexual misconduct at Oxfam’s Haiti office several years ago, has now been approved. Development Today is told that Sida is satisfied Oxfam has taken the issue very seriously and the agency has decided to proceed with the agreement, which is worth SEK 104 million.
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Donors suspend EUR 100 million in funding to Oxfam in wake of sex scandal

 
Several donors are wielding the money weapon over Oxfam following allegations of sexual exploitation at offices in Haiti, Chad and elsewhere. Donor funding amounting to at least EUR 100 million has been held back from Oxfam as a direct result of the scandal.
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Nordic donors to discuss strengthening Nordic Development Fund

 
The Helsinki-based Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has acquired a niche as an effective provider of grants and loans for climate projects. The board has now asked the management to present options for strengthening the fund.
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Plan’s CEO aims to shake up status quo

 
Anne Birgitte Albrectsen, the Danish CEO of the 80-year-old organisation, says Plan’s current way of working is out of date. She wants to see several new branches established in developing countries within the next five years, and calls for a re-think of the child sponsorship model. “Business as usual is not an option,” she says.
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Norway freezes NOK 1 billion in forest aid to DRC

 
In an effort to pressure Kinshasa into revoking three “illegally allocated logging concessions,” Norway is withholding the equivalent of a billion crowns in promised aid funding for forest protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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