Foreign aid draws auditor’s criticism

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Norway donates an enormous amount, on a per capita basis, of foreign aid to developing countries and its administrators are better at ensuring that the money is used as it should be, claims the state auditor general. But improvements are still needed, according to a new report.

Last year’s foreign aid budget amounted to NOK 27.4 billion, reported newspaper Dagsavisen recently, up 52 percent from 2005. Much of the money is funneled through the United Nations, and state auditors isn’t satisfied with how the UN delegation accounts for it.

State Auditor General Jørgen Kosmo told reporters that the delegation can’t, for example, document how it has followed up anti-corruption measures from 2006 to 2009.

“It is our opinion that a considerable amount of work remains to be done,” Kosmo said. “There’s a long way to go before the aid monitoring is in line with the goals that the Parliament and the government have set.”

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