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.

What's new

Contributes to world's biggest team effort to fight poverty

13/12/2019: ‘I am very pleased that the donor countries are now contributing so substantially to the world’s biggest team effort to fight poverty and promote sustainable development’, said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein after the eplenishment negotiations for the World Bank’s International Development Association and the African Development Bank’s African Development Fund (ADF) are completed.

States that have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration

10/09/2020: The Oslo Conference on Safe Schools: Protecting Education from Attack, was organised in Oslo 28–29 May 2015. The main objective of the Conference was for states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration.


Report to the Storting (white paper)

Oceans in Norway's foreign and ­development policy

This is the first time a Norwegian government has presented a white paper on the place of the seas and oceans in the country’s foreign and development policy. Its aim is to highlight the opportunities the oceans offer for Norway and the challenges we will need to deal with.

Follow-up of the Sustainable Development Goals

Norway regards the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a transformative global roadmap for our national and international efforts aimed at eradicating extreme poverty while protecting planetary boundaries and promoting prosperity, peace and justice.


Department for Sustainable Development

Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
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