Humanitarian efforts

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.

Safe access to some humanitarian cases through the humanitarian passage in Boustan al Qasar - Aleppo

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.

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Donor conference in Oslo for Nigeria and Lake Chad region

Norway, together with Nigeria, Germany and UN Ocha hosted an international donor conference in Oslo on 24 February. ‘A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. This crisis has been largely overlooked. We are therefore seeking to mobilise greater international involvement and increased funding for humanitarian efforts to prevent the situation from deteriorating further,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Norway increases humani-tarian support to Yemen

25.04.17: 'The humanitarian situation in Yemen is very dramatic. Immense suffering is being inflicted on the civilian population. Norway is therefore increasing its humanitarian support to Yemen to a total of NOK 212 million in 2017,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende at a donor conference for Yemen in Geneva.

Norway to provide NOK 2.3 billion to alleviate Syria crisis in 2017

05.04.17: ‘This year, Norway will provide at least NOK 2.3 billion in aid to Syria and the neighbouring countries. We are following up our pledges from the London conference in 2016 and giving substantial support to civilians affected by this horrific conflict,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Learning games for children affected by war and crisis

20.03.17: Norway has launched a new development tool that makes it possible for children to learn to read in areas where schools have been bombed and teachers and families have been forced to flee. With the help of some of the world’s tech giants, Norway has developed two game-based learning apps that can be used anywhere.

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Guidance note

Ensuring respect for the humanitarian principles

As part of its work to ensure that the humanitarian principles are respected in the field, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drawn up a guidance note on this issue, in consultation with a number of the organisations that receive funding from Norway.

Fact sheet

The Mine Ban Convention

The Mine Ban Convention is the international agreement that bans antipersonnel landmines. The text of the Mine Ban Convention was successfully agreed at a diplomatic conference 18 September 1997 in Oslo.


Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs

Phone: +47 23 95 00 00
Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: 7. juniplassen 1 / Victoria Terrasse 7,