Development cooperation

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.

Illustrasjon fra Meld.St.25 (2013-2014) Utdanning for utvikling

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.

Bangladesh - vaksineprogram. Foto: Gavi The Vaccine Alliance

Global Health

Norway plays a leading role in efforts to promote global health. Improving the health of the world’s population is essential for reducing poverty.

Oil has been discovered in Turkana, Lake Turkana in Kenya. Photo:

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.


Speech at roundtable at Pacific Islands Forum

2018-09-03: 'As a guest to this region, allow me to focus on the partnership between Norway and the countries of the Pacific, and on our common goals and efforts. We are small players on the global arena, but the global arena fundamentally touches our core interests, whether it is the health of the oceans or the climate change' the Minister said.

Digital strategy for development policy

2018-08-13: ‘The World Bank has made it clear that we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 without the use of new technologies in development cooperation. This is the starting point for the digital strategy for development policy that has been drawn up by the Government,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.

Support to education for children with disabilities

2018-07-30: Norway has entered into a partnership with the UK authorities and the World Bank to promote inclusive education. Norway will provide NOK 50 million over a three-year period to an initiative designed to strengthen efforts to ensure global education for all children, including children with disabilities.

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