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Editorial: Wasted aid

Through the newspaper Aftenposten, the department director Raymond Johansen in NORAD, the governmental aid program of Norway, rejected the critic raised by NorWatch against the Directorate's grant for prefeasibility studies (Newsletter 4/97). He emphasised that NORAD is satisfied that just about one third of the grants give concrete result. But we are after all talking about a sum more than 10 million kroner in aid, for the years 1991 and 1992, which has been wasted!
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Through the newspaper Aftenposten, the department director Raymond Johansen in NORAD, the governmental aid program of Norway, rejected the critic raised by NorWatch against the Directorate's grant for prefeasibility studies (Newsletter 4/97). He emphasised that NORAD is satisfied that just about one third of the grants give concrete result. But we are after all talking about a sum more than 10 million kroner in aid, for the years 1991 and 1992, which has been wasted!

Johansen pointed out that Norwegian companies need backing to engage in the poorest countries. But the statistics show that a large part of the money has gone to Southeast Asia, and a substan-tial part to the so called tiger states. NORAD will find few sharing the wiew that these countries are among the world's poorest.

We would also like to know why Norsk Hydro needs economic support of the order of 80-90 000 Norwegian Kroners, to draw up, so called establishment alternatives in developing countries. As far as we know the company is making billions of kroner surplus, at the same time it is state majority owned. There is no need for a big effort from the side of the authorities to get the company to place such small sums of its own fund.

All of this gives an impression that the arrangement for the support of prefeasibility studies serves the industry more than the worlds poorest. But this Johansen does not accept.

Norwatch Newsletter 5/97

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