The at a glance and key question sections of this profile have been updated in March 2019. The deep dive sections of this profile were last updated in March 2018 and will be updated shortly.
Strategic priorities
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a ‘North Star’ for the government, and form the basis of the government’s development policy. To engage effectively with the Norwegian government, it is thus important to frame suggestions within the SDG framework.
  • In a 2017 white paper, the government spells out five sectoral priorities: 1) education, with a focus on girls, 2) global health, 3) private-sector development and job creation, 4) climate, renewable energy, and environment; and 5) humanitarian assistance.
  • The government identifies four cross-cutting issues for its development policy: 1) human rights, 2) women’s rights and gender equality, 3) climate change and the environment, and 4) the fight against corruption. Among those, gender equality is a top focus.

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  • Driven by Norway’s economic growth, the ODA budget is likely to continue increasing in volume if the 1%-to-GNI target holds. Despite cross-party backing, an increasing number of voices publicly raised concern over the 1%-of-GNI target in the second half of 2018,, arguing that focus should be on effectiveness and efficiency rather than tied to a specific amount size of funds.
  • Thematic priorities are likely to remain unchanged, as the government of Prime Minister Solberg was re-elected in the fall of 2017. In power since 2013, Solberg will continue to head a coalition composed of her Conservative Party and the Progress Party, joined by the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party in 2018 and 2019.
  • Norway focuses increasingly on private-sector development in partner countries, especially where access to capital is scarce. Norfund, a state-owned investment fund that supports the building of sustainable businesses in partner countries, receives government funding that has increased in recent years.

Key Questions

the big six

For Syria, where an estimated 2.8 million children are out of school because of conflict, Norway and partners are funding an international competition to develop an open-source smartphone app to help Syrian children learn how to read in Arabic.



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