Sunday, December 15, 2019

November / 2019

2020 is make or break for NDF. Board prepares for possible capital injection

 
The board of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has agreed on a timetable for a new strategy and possible replenishment of the fund by the end of next year. A recent evaluation proposes a EUR 400 million capital injection.“Without a replenishment, NDF will disappear,” it states.
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Advocacy and fundraising: Oxfam Sweden finds its niche

 
The Swedish branch of Oxfam has managed in just five years to carve out an identity in the competitive Swedish NGO market with help from the Oxfam federation. The fledging NGO took a hit when a sex scandal at Oxfam International was revealed last year, but has recovered quickly.
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Peace or civil war. Sweden ponders aid to Afghanistan for next 5 years

 
Will a negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan lead to a ceasefire and peace agreement or will the government in Kabul collapse paving the way for the Taliban to establish an Islamic emirate? In today’s precarious and highly unpredictable context, Sida has presented proposals for Swedish aid over the next five years.
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After years of neglect, Denmark vows to promote women’s role in peace building

 
From a leadership position 15 years ago, Denmark has “explicitly de-prioritised” its commitment to UN Resolution 1325 on the protection of women’s rights in conflicts and the participation of women in peace processes, according to an evaluation. Development Minister Rasmus Prehn accepts the “harsh” criticism and vows to revitalise the Danish role in women, peace and security.
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The new dynamics in Oslo: 3 parties, 3 portfolios, 3 ways of managing aid

 
A long, drawn-out process has finally led to a revamp of Norway’s aid administration and a reorganisation of about 50 jobs in downtown Oslo. The out-going boss of the aid agency Norad is hoping for substantial efficiency gains. But can the new three-track aid portfolio prevent further fragmentation of aid, and will it survive a change of government? 
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Taking stock of the new MDBs

 
Two new multinational development banks were established in 2014-2015, the BRICS countries’ New Development Bank and the China-driven Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Five years on, they have evolved in different directions. Robert Wihtol, a former Director General at the Asian Development Bank, takes stock.
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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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