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NOK500 million allocated to the World Food Programme in first four months of 2018

In the first four months of 2018, Norway allocated NOK500 million (USD 59.5 million) to the World Food Programme. Norway and the World Food Programme are working closely together to eliminate hunger by 2030, and the Foreign Minister of Norway, Ine Eriksen Søreide, welcomed the head of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, to Oslo April 12-13, 2018. 

Press release - Norwegian government

Norway Nutrition

UK announces initiatives for development with British finance institutions

UK international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has announced new programs in cooperation with the Bank of England and London Stock Exchange. The programs are aimed at strengthening central banking systems as well as raising capital to ensure economic prosperity. These announcements follow DFID's recently updated strategy, which prioritizes increased partnerships with British entities. 

Press release - UK government

United Kingdom

UK announces £212 million ($286 million) for girls education

The Department for International Development (DFID) launched phase two of its Girls Education Challenge Fund (GEC) during the Commonwealth Heads of State meetings in London. The GEC phase two aims to allow 920,000 girls to complete primary and secondary school and provide literacy, numeracy, and vital life skills to 53,000 highly marginalized adolescent girls in Commonwealth countries. The program will also launch a Policy Lab to promote UK expertise in education. 

Press release - UK government

United Kingdom Education

GIZ releases third “Germany in the Eyes of the World Study”

For the third time Germany’s development agency GIZ has conducted a qualitative study on how the world views Germany. 154 stakeholders from politics, business, science and research, and civil society in 24 countries were asked how they perceive Germany as a global player in the world. The study covers Germany’s role in a diverse range of issues, including displacement and migration, values and society, the economy, and education. Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board, Christoph Meier, stated that the findings are important for Germany’s international development cooperation.

The English Version of the study will be available from the end of April 2018 at www.giz.de/eyes-of-others

Press release - GIZ (in German) 

Germany

GIZ appoints State Secretary Jäger as new Chair of Supervisory Board

Martin Jäger, who joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as State Secretary in March 2018, has been appointed as new Chair of the GIZ Supervisory Board. Prior to joining the BMZ, Jäger held positions in federal ministries, such as the Finance Ministry, Ministry of the Interior, and the Chancellery. He served as German Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014. 

The GIZ Supervisory Board comprises an equal number of shareholder and employee representatives (10 each), and appoints, monitors, and advises the Management Board. 

Press release - BMZ 

Germany

UK pledges £100 million ($135 million) for malaria

Ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in London, International development secretary Penny Mordaunt announced a £100 million (US$135 million) investment to support the Global Fund's work on malaria. The fund will also receive pound-for pound matching funding from the private sector. This funding announcement is part of the UK's pledge to commit £500 million (US$675 million) to malaria. 

Press release - UK government

United Kingdom Global health

France and Canada announce greater cooperation

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed the Franco-Canadian cooperation, achieved through a bilateral partnership and under the auspices of the G7. During the Prime Minister's state visit to Paris, Macron noted that France's support for Canadian G7 initiatives regarding climate change (particularly an initiative on the fight against plastic in the oceans), on gender equality, jobs for the future, inclusive growth, and peace and security. He also commended the G7 Advisory Committee on Gender Equality, put in place by Canada, which is chaired by Melinda Gates, and Isabelle Hudon.

The Heads of State announced an increase in cooperation through a bilateral partnership on the environment, aiming to coordinate joint actions on international transport, the organization of a Euro-Canadian seminar on carbon pricing, the articulation of both countries' environmental development policies, support for green finance, and joint action at the level of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Canada also decided to dispatch helicopters and associated military personnel to support the MINUSMA mission in Mali, an area in which the French are linked particularly through the military operation Barkhane. 

Joint press conference - Elysée (in French)

Canada France

Swedish government projects continued strong economic growth for 2019, boding well for ODA

The government of Sweden has submitted its Spring Budget Bill to Parliament, including proposals for amendments to the 2018 budget. In the Spring Budget Bill, the government provides an assessment of the economic forecast and fiscal policy for the budget for 2019. The Spring Budget Bill also includes the government's proposals for amendments to the current budget for 2018. This is the last budget presentation before the general election scheduled for September 9, 2018. Highlights from the presentation include:

  • Continued strong economic growth at around 3%.
  • The country is experiencing its highest employment rate in 25 years, the highest ever recorded by Eurostat. Unemployment is continuing to fall and is estimated to reach 6% next year.
  • Public finances are strong, with surplus recorded throughout the mandate period of the current government and Sweden's public debt as a share of GDP declining by 10% since the current government took office, its lowest level since 1977.
  • Investments in jobs, healthcare, school, and climate have yielded results, and the government is continuing further efforts for a safe and sustainable Sweden.

For development cooperation this means that continued high levels of ODA can be expected from Sweden. Traditionally, Sweden has allocated 1% of its GNI to ODA each year.

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)

Sweden

UK joins international solar alliance

The UK has announced its membership in the International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in London. The ISA, an Indian-led initiative, seeks to  deliver clean and affordable energy to a billion people. The UK will provide expertise and advice to ensure the effective delivery of ISA's goals, not monetary contributions. This announcement follows the recent publication of a new UK development strategy that outlines as a specific priority the linking of British expertise, knowledge, and skills in the delivery of DFID's mandate. 

Press release - UK government

ODI publishes paper for Commonwealth Summit

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) paper, published in advance of the Commonwealth Summit in London, discusses the  opportunities for  development in the Commonwealth through job creation, equitable prosperity, and increasing resilience. The paper calls upon the Commonwealth Heads of State to create 50,000 jobs each day until 2030 to provide opportunities for young people, to support member states to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through policies and financing that prioritize those most at risk of being left behind, and to assist Small Island Developing States to access financing to ensure climate resilience and recovery from natural disasters. 

Publication - ODI