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Norwegian prime minister reappointed as co-chair of SDG Advocate Group

Norway's prime minister, Erna Solberg, has received an extension of her position as co-chair of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate group. The reappointment was endorsed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. She has been co-chair for the last six years, taking up the position soon after being elected. The role will see her working with the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to provide a road map for dealing with global issues. 

News - Government website (Norwegian)

Norway

Norway development reform shifts roles and responsibilities between foreign ministry and Norad

A development reform in Norway is set to identify new roles and responsibilities for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) from January 1, 2020 onwards. Humanitarian assistance and grants for human rights work will continue to be managed by the MFA, as will decision-making concerning the strategic allocation of funds. Norad be responsible for ensuring quality assurance, assessment, implementation, and follow-up relating to the funds. 

No jobs are expected to be lost as the aim is to maximize the capacity of both organizations. 

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

Norway

Norway's Christian Democratic party pushes to increase development focus on agriculture and food security

In summer 2019, the Norwegian government will present a new action plan on food security and agriculture in development cooperation. Traditionally, smallholder farmers and fishermen have been the focus of Norway's development assistance. A new report published by the Norwegian research institute Fafo recommends that smallholder farmers remain a focus within the new plan.

In 2017, the Norwegian parliament asked for food security and climate smart agriculture to become its own focus area. The Christian Democratic Party highlighted at the Fafo report launch that this is very important given the link between food security, health, and education.  

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

Norway Agriculture

Norway hosts conference on sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises

Norway will co-host an international conference entitled 'Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises' from May 23-24, 2019, in collaboration with Iraq, Somalia, the UAE, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Norway's prime minister, Erna Solberg, will open the conference, which aims to mobilize political will and financial resources in the work against sexual and gender-based violence. It also seeks to increase the understanding of how states, local communities, and humanitarian actors can prevent and respond to these challenges. 

Website - Government of Norway

Norway Global health

Norway fights to include children with disabilities in education for all

Norway’s Minister of Development Dag-Inge Ulstein spoke at the Inclusive Education Initiative at the World Bank Spring Meeting to highlight eduction of children with disabilities. The Minister pointed out that many children with disabilities are not registered at birth and half of all children with disabilities in low-income and lower-middle-income countries do not go to school. Norway is committed to delivering on the ‘Leave No One Behind’ agenda by supporting an inclusive education these countries and promoting closer cooperation between actors in education.  

Speech – Government website

Norway Education

Norway increases support to UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in Syria

Norway has contributed NOK 100 million (US$12 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to support the UN’s humanitarian efforts for Palestinian refugees in the Syria conflict. This comes in addition to the core contribution of NOK 125 million (US$15 million) that Norway allocated to the agency this year. In 2018, Norway's support for UNRWA amounted to NOK 294 million (US$36 million).

Press release - Government of Norway

Norway

OECD DAC preliminary data release shows ODA down by 2.7% in 2018

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) has published preliminary data for 2018, showing that official development assistance (ODA) fell by 2.7% in 2018. The data release is the first to use the OECD's  new 'grant equivalent' methodology. Applied for the first time in 2018, the method aims to ‘provide a more realistic comparison of the effort involved in providing grants and loans and encourage the provision of grants and highly concessional loans, especially to low-income countries’.

Net ODA from DAC members reached US$153 billion in 2018. The largest donors in absolute amounts were 1) the US (US34.3 billion), Germany (US$25 billion), 3) the UK (US19.4 billion), 4) Japan (US$14.2 billion), and 5) France (US$12.2 billion). In relative terms, the largest donors were Sweden at 1.04% of its gross national income (GNI), Luxembourg (0.98%), Norway (0.94%), Denmark (0.72%) and the UK(0.7%).

For more detailed information on the performance of bilateral donors, see the OECD DAC's detailed summary here.

OECD DAC – Press release “Development aid drops in 2018, especially to neediest countries”

Norway channels more than half of ODA to multilaterals

In 2017, Norway channeled 54% of its official development assistance (ODA) through multilateral organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the World Bank, multilateral funds, and regional development banks. This is a 14 percent-point increase from 2000, when the share was 40%.

Within multilateral ODA, 45% of ODA was channeled through multilateral organizations as core contributions and 55% was earmarked for specific countries or sectors. Of earmarked funding, 61% was regionally or country split, while the rest went to global initiatives or funds. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, as well as new financing mechanisms for the environment and climate are examples of key thematic inititatives to which Norway is a significant funder.

Press release - Government of Norway (in Norwegian)

Norway commits to promoting higher education in partner countries

Norwegian development minister Dag-Inge Ulsteins has committed to helping youth in the Global South to access high-quality education, claiming that Norway is well-placed to build on its long-standing cooperation on education and research with partners in developing countries. Norway will continue to emphasize basic education, in order to help people qualify for higher education. 

Norway works actively through partners to ensure better access to and better quality of the basic education, and to ensure that both girls and boys finish school. Norad, the Norwegian development agency, runs a 'Tax for Development' program  to promote better public financing to provide access to education in partner countries. 

Parliamentary update - Government of Norway (in Norwegian)

Norway Education

Following cyclone, Norway gives US$725,000 to Mozambique

Following Cyclone Idais impact on Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, Norway is giving NOK6 million (US$725,000) in humanitarian assistance. The funding will be channeled through the World Food Programme. Prior to the cyclone, Norway had allocated NOK21 million (US$2.5 million) in humanitarian assistance to Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe through the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund.

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway