At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are very important for the government, and are the basis of its development policy. To engage effectively with the Norwegian government, it is thus important to frame suggestions within the SDG framework.
  • In an action plan from 2019 , the government spells out five sectoral priorities: 1) education 2) health, 3) private-sector development, agriculture and renewable development, 4) climate change, the environment and the oceans, 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 these, gender equality is a top focus.

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  • Norway’s commitment to spend 1% of its GNI on development cooperation means that the increases in ODA volume are closely linked to Norway’s economic growth.
  • Thematic priorities are likely to remain unchanged for the rest of the current government’s term. In power since 2013, Prime Minister Erna Solberg will continue to head a coalition composed of her Conservative Party, joined by the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party in 2018 and 2019. The next election is set to be held in 2021.
  • In 2020, Norwegian ODA management was reformed to increase transparency and bring a clearer division of labor between different stakeholders. Norad, the Norwegian Agency Development Cooperation, was strengthened, with increased funding and extended remit.