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.

Fra flyktningleiren Kanjiza i Serbia hvor serbisk Røde Kors deler ut mat. Foto: Tommaso Della Longa, IFRC

The National Budget 2021:

NOK 5.5 billion for humanitarian assistance

‘The Government has proposed an increase of NOK 115 million in the overall humanitarian budget for 2020, bringing the total to NOK 5.5 billion. This is Norway’s largest humanitarian budget ever,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Barn i flyktningleir for syriske flyktninger i Tyrkia

Education in situations of crisis and conflict

Nearly 27 million of the children who are currently out of school live in areas affected by crisis and conflict, according to Unicef. By assuming an international leadership role, Norway has helped to increase political awareness and provide concrete measures for education in situations of crisis and conflict.

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Guidance on respect for 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. The guidance note has been updated in 2019, based on inputs from humanitarian partners.

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Budget 2021: Stronger focus on global health

07/10/2020: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic and the measures implemented to combat it have dramatic ramifications for developing countries, and are leading to increased economic decline, poverty, unemployment and hunger. The Government has therefore proposed an increase in funding for global health efforts of NOK 500 million in the budget for 2021,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.

New agreement with humanitarian organisations

06/04/2020: The Government is seeking to boost life-saving assistance and humanitarian efforts in high-priority areas such protection of civilians and innovation by entering new multi-year partnership agreements with the Norwegian Refugee Council (including Norcap), the Norwegian Red Cross, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, Save the Children Norway and Caritas Norway.

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New strategy for humanitarian efforts

"The intention of this strategy is to set the direction for Norway’s humanitarian policy and response in the years ahead, and to highlight key areas for action that are important for meeting the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time", the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development write in the strategy's foreword.

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The Mine Ban Convention

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