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.

14-day case notification rate per 100.000 inhabitants, updated 20 January 2022.

Major international effort to combat the pandemic

The coronavirus has spread rapidly to all continents and is expected to have a serious impact in many countries, especially those that are highly vulnerable. Norway is working with several organisations and partners to help mitigate the short-term and long-term effects of the pandemic.

What's new

The Safe Schools Declaration

10/12/2021: The Safe Schools Declaration was developed through a process led by Argentina and Norway, with the objective of avoiding military use of schools and strengthen protection of children and education in conflict. The declaration was launched at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools: Protecting Education from Attack, 28–29 May 2015. The main objective of the Conference was to for states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration. Since the Oslo conference, states and civil society work together to increase the number of endorsements and to implement the 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.