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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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