December / 2019

Oxfam consolidates in the Nordics

 
At a time of intense competition for funding and shrinking space for civil society globally, large NGO brands have been expanding and consolidating to increase their global clout. International organisations like Plan, Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children have had a presence in the Nordic region for  decades.
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Nordics scale up funding to World Bank’s USD 82b package for poor countries

 
World Bank donors agreed to a record funding package of grants and loans for poor countries at a gathering in Stockholm last Friday. The host country Sweden pledged a USD 1 billion grant for the Bank’s efforts, mainly in Africa, while China finally came forward as a large donor.
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World Bank chief David Malpass in Stockholm to finalise IDA negotiations

 
Donors and recipients are gathering in Stockholm this week to agree on a financing package worth over USD 80 billion for the poorest countries, managed by the World Bank’s arm IDA. China is expected to increase its contribution and bypass Sweden as the seventh largest donor.
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Intense competition among Swedish NGOs for Sida multi-year funding

 
Responding to a call for proposals from Sida, no fewer than 20 Swedish non-governmental organisations, representing a vast range of causes – from health, culture and peace to LGBT, children and women’s rights - have expressed interest in becoming a “strategic partner.” Sida will be hard pressed to select one or two.
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Boosts carbon price to 10 dollars per tonne in Colombia climate forest deal

 
Norway continues to push ahead with REDD+, offering to pay Colombia NOK 2 billion for reduced deforestation by 2025 and increasing the carbon price from 5 to 10 dollars per tonne, while donor partners Germany and the United Kingdom hold back. Colombia failed to meet forest conservation targets set in the first phase of the agreement.  
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Finnish Development Minister Ville Skinnari on ‘Nordic power’

 
Finland’s Development Minister Ville Skinnari is a staunch believer in Nordic cooperation within the aid field. “I think the Nordic model is something worth exporting at a global level,” he says in an interview with Development Today.
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Norway should double support for World Bank’s IDA

 
Just before Christmas the World Bank wrapped up negotiations in Stockholm announcing a three-year financing package of USD 82 billion for the International Development Association (IDA).
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