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

Norway pledges NOK 300 million to stimulate private investment in clean energy in Africa

‘More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity, and the continent is in urgent need of investment in renewable energy. Norway will therefore contribute NOK 300 million to Green Africa Power, which is intended to encourage commercial actors to invest in sub-Saharan Africa,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Historic emphasis on education in poor countries

The Government has proposed a substantial increase in the support provided by Norway for education in poor countries. This will mean an allocation of almost NOK 2.4 billion to education in 2015, an increase of NOK 550 million compared to 2014. ‘Norway is taking a leading role internationally in the efforts to achieve education for all,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Reforming development assistance to improve results

The Government intends to pursue an effective development policy that yields results. In 2013, 116 countries received aid from Norway. In order to achieve better results, the Government is proposing to concentrate its efforts on 84 countries.

Nearly NOK 3 billion to global health

Never before has Norway given such high priority to global health. The Government has proposed an allocation of nearly NOK 3 billion to support global health efforts in 2015, further developing Norway’s engagement and leadership role in this field.

Development budget with clear priorities

The Government proposes an increase in the development budget to NOK 32.5 billion in 2015. This is an increase of more than NOK 1 billion compared to 2014. Education, humanitarian aid, health and vaccines, business development, climate measures and human rights are given priority. These are areas that are crucial for eradicating extreme poverty.

Investing in maternal and newborn health

Today, the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners announced they aim to invest an additional $50 million to save the lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries by investing in innovative ideas and approaches towards maternal and newborn care.

Government launches the global health and education initiative Vision 2030

MDG Advocates Statement: Keep the MDG Momentum Going

Today marks 500 days until the 2015 target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These eight goals were adopted in 2000 by world leaders gathered at the United Nations, in order to address challenges facing the world’s poorest people.

General Debate Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

'While shaping the post-2015 development agenda, we must not forget that our most immediate priority is to achieve the current Millennium Development Goals before the end of 2015', Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said in his speech in New York on 7 July.

Final effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals

‘The world has come a long way towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, but we must speed up our efforts in all areas before the 2015 deadline,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Together with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, she is today co-chairing the first meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group to be held in Africa.

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Contact information

Department for Regional Affairs

Telephone: +47 22 24 39 17

Address

PO box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse