Humanitarian efforts

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

An important part of Norwegian foreign and international development policy is concerned with saving lives, alleviating suffering and protecting civilians affected by war and conflict. Norwegian humanitarian efforts are focused on countries where there are great, unmet humanitarian needs, where Norway is particularly well placed to make a contribution, or where the measures concerned support peace and reconciliation processes.

Barn i flyktningleir for syriske flyktninger i Tyrkia

Education in situations of crisis and conflict

Half of the children who do not attend school today live in areas affected by crisis and conflict. The Government is therefore intensifying its efforts to promote the provision of education in fragile states and areas affected by crisis and conflict.

The National Budget 2017

Record high humanitarian budget again in 2017

There are several major humanitarian crises in the world today. The Government is therefore planning to increase Norway's allocation for humanitarian aid to just over NOK 5 billion in 2017. A large part of this will go to efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries.

Sivilbefolkningen har vært ekstremt utsatt under krigen i Syria. Avtalen om våpenstillstand kan gi et kjærkomment pusterom for å yte helsehjelp. Foto:

Cessation of Hostilities plan for Syria

The US and Russia have agreed on a plan for nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria. ‘I welcome this urgently needed agreement. This is a long sought after chance that the world community cannot afford to miss. I encourage all parties to work towards implementing the agreement and cooperating in order to achieve a swift improvement in the humanitarian situation in Syria,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Norway provides NOK 53 million to drought victims in Malawi

‘Malawi is on the brink of the most serious humanitarian crisis in its history. We have therefore reallocated around NOK 53 million to alleviate the acute need in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway increases humanitarian support to Afghanistan

‘Several hundred thousand Afghans who have been refugees in Pakistan are now returning home. This has created a vast need for humanitarian aid. Norway is therefore increasing its humanitarian support to Afghanistan by NOK 64 million,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.

Significant increase in Norway's aid to Iraq

'The people of Iraq are in urgent need of aid. Norway is already providing a considerable amount of humanitarian assistance to the region. We are now increasing our support to Iraq by NOK 50 million, to a total of NOK 325 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs

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