Development cooperation

The Government takes an integrated approach to Norway’s foreign and development policy. The objectives of Norway’s development policy are to promote democratisation and an emphasis on universal human rights, and to support measures that can permanently lift people out of poverty. The Government attaches great importance to results, and it will seek to increase the effectiveness of Norwegian development aid and make it more focused. Support for education is to be increased considerably, with a particular focus on girls’ education.

Development cooperation

In order to succeed in reducing poverty, it is crucial to achieve economic growth and strengthen the private sector. The Government will give priority to business development in the South, and will seek to promote cooperation with the Norwegian business sector in areas where we have a competitive advantage. The Government will continue Norway’s efforts in the areas of global health, peace and reconciliation, humanitarian aid and increased access to energy. It will maintain a high level of development aid. See Norad’s webpages for aid figures.


News about development cooperation

Celebrate Progress for Girls and Women

Women Deliver and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in support of Every Woman Every Child, co-hosted an event at the Commission on Population and Development in New York, 7 April 2014.

Foreign policy address to the Storting

"Let me be quite clear about what we are now witnessing: for the first time since the Second World War, a European state has forcibly annexed part of a neighbouring country", said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Børge Brende, in his address to the Storting.

Signing ceremony of contract for new research vessel

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo, 21 March 2014

International seminar on air pollution and health

"The fight against air pollution and short lived climate pollutants in developing countries is a priority area for Norway. We want to see more attention given to this issue internationally, including by the world’s health authorities, State Secretary Hans Brattskar said in his opening statement at an international seminar on air pollution and health in Oslo on 20 March 2014.

Global Health: The Global Burden of Cervical Cancer

State Secretary Hans Brattskar's intervention at a seminar at the Norwegian Storting on 17 March 2014.

Improving Health through Foreign Policy

State Secretary Hans Brattskar's speech at the the launch conference of the report of the Lancet - University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health in Oslo 11 February 2014.

Norway to lead work on financing for the UN’s new development goals

“This is a challenging and important task that gives Norway an opportunity to help ensure that the UN’s new development goals are achieved,” commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Programme area 03 International aid

The Government proposes an allocation of NOK 31 522 million for international development cooperation in 2014. This is NOK 1 314 million more than the final budget for 2013. The proposed allocation brings the aid budget to 1 % of the estimated gross national income for 2014.

New OECD report calls for more targeted Norwegian development policy

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) sees Norway as an important donor that takes a long-term approach and provides a high level of aid. But the new OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review shows that Norwegian aid should be more results-based, effective and targeted. “We appreciate the positive feedback, but the most important thing is that we take note of the recommended areas for improvement, and make constructive use of the OECD’s recommendations,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Address at the Norad Conference 2013

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, dedicated his address to results in health and education at the Norad Conference 2013.

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Department for Regional Affairs and Development

Telephone: +47 22 24 39 17

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PO box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse

Contact information

Department for Regional Affairs and Development

Telephone: +47 22 24 39 17

Address

PO box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse