The Government takes an integrated approach to Norway’s foreign and development policy. Our development policy is designed to promote economic development, democratisation, implementation of human rights, good governance and measures that can lift people out of poverty for good. Priority is given to education, humanitarian assistance, health and vaccination, private sector development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and human rights.
Education for all
Education is a human right for all children in all parts of the world. But a great deal remains to be done – 58 million children of primary school age and 70 million young people are still out of school.
Norway plays a leading role in efforts to promote global health. Improving the health of the world’s population is essential for reducing poverty.
Norway and Kenya: Oil for Development programme
Kenya has requested assistance from Norway in developing its petroleum sector. Through the programme Oil for Development, Norway will support Kenya in improving management of its natural resources and protection of the environment.
2018-10-08: ‘The Government intends to maintain a high level of aid and has proposed spending NOK 37.8 billion on aid in 2019. This corresponds to about 1 % of Norway’s gross national income and is NOK 2.5 billion more than in 2018,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup. In order to increase the effectiveness of Norway’s aid efforts, the Government has chosen to concentrate on five main priority areas.
2018-10-08: The Knowledge Bank was established under Norad (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) on 1 March 2018 to coordinate and strengthen technical cooperation and knowledge-sharing in areas where Norway has particular experience and expertise. ‘Developing countries must be able to choose their own path to becoming sustainable, welfare-based societies', said Mr Astrup.
2018-10-08: The Norwegian Government is proposing to allocate at least NOK 1 billion in support for women’s rights and gender equality as part of the 2019 aid budget. This is an increase of more than NOK 68 million. In addition to this ‘women’s billion’, Norway is funding measures to improve women’s and maternal health as part of its global health efforts, and promoting women’s rights in other areas of development policy.
Report to the Storting (white paper)