sorry, sloppy google translate job, but you get the gist.
Lifted from Christian daily Idag.no
Norwegian monetary donations to “Friends of Palestine” out of control
UD gave 22 million to a “dialogue Foundation” where former State Secretary Vidar Helgesen is a director. The payments continued after it was revealed widespread corruption.
OAG checking accounts to transfer money from section 163.71, “Humanitarian aid” and 164.70, “Peace, reconciliation and democracy initiatives.” For the years 2009 and 2010 were transferred 2.9 billion of these chapters on the government budget.
In a letter of 22 April 2011 requires the OAG an explanation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for this tax audit. 10 of 15 foundations working for “peace” or “humanitarian work” could not provide satisfactory evidence of their activities. Nevertheless, continued payments from UD.
For example, in 2010 paid 22 million to an organization, in the wake of that it had been revealed “rampant corruption”. It was Henry Duante Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), based in a luxury villa in Plantamour in Switzerland. OAG notes that Norway contributed with 70 percent of the donation proceeds to CHD. During 2009 and 2010, the CHD paid 93 million from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.
The Board of CHD sits former junior foreign minister, Vidar Helgesen (H). Helgesen is currently Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), including collaborating with the “Palestinians” in connection with the holding of the election in “occupied Palestine.”
IDEA is based in Stockholm. On the organization’s website, one can read reports where IDEA supports a claim that the EU must recognize the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas. Among other things, the report “Perceptions from Egypt and Palestine on the EU’s Role and Impact on Democracy Building in the Middle East.”
UD does not read reports
OAG notes that neither the Foreign Ministry or contracted consultants, reads reports they receive from the recipients of Norwegian development assistance from these two chapters of the state budget.
“After that we can see is no documentation for 10 of the 15 projects examined, that Norconcult has undergone received reports from 2008, 2009 and in some cases from 2007. We find that either there is no documentation that the Ministry have examined the relevant performance reports. Ministry despite this made new payments, “explains Auditors.
“Deviation from plan annotated to a small degree.”
No control of currency
OAG notes that officers of the Foreign Ministry did not check whether there is manipulation in connection with the conversion of currency.
“Our audit shows that the responsible officers do not exercise control over what the grant in Norwegian kroner amounts in foreign currency. This means that the MFA has no basis to ensure that Norwegian funds are properly accounted for in the project accounts in the grant recipient.
UD is also criticism that the Ministry has not developed clear guidelines for the evaluation of the “peace movement”. Nor can they show measurable results of awarded funds from Norway. UD does not follow its own guidelines in a bid to “keep the annual or semi-annual meetings” with the recipients of “peaceful means”. These include the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).
There is no specific comments on the support of the International Peace Institute (IPI), where former peace negotiator and Minister Terje Rod Larsen (AP) is Secretary General. But IPI is not aware of the general criticism that include missing for monitoring and evaluation of spending in the UD.
Ministry criticized for supporting “Inter Pace,” including claims they work in “Palestine” to create “peace between Jews and Arabs.” International Peace allegedly been allocated funds from Norway, unless there was evidence that other donors had complied alleged obligations. “For ICTJ and” Inter Peace “is uncovered significant problems related to financial management and control,” writes OAG.
The organization “International Peace» reviews establishment of Israel in 1948 as “the great catastrophe” (Al-Nakba), in line with modern Arabic and Islamic understanding of history.
Caption: Foreign Ministry criticized for supporting “Inter Pace,” including claims they work in “Palestine” to create “peace between Jews and Arabs.” International Peace allegedly been allocated funds from Norway, unless there was evidence that other donors had complied alleged obligations.
By Ivar Fjeld
17/05/2013 5:40 p.m.