Norway provides US$221 million to UN humanitarian fund

Norway has signed a four-year, US$221-million agreement with CERF, the UN humanitarian fund that ensures fast delivery of aid in crisis, as well as support for underfunded emergencies. Norway’s support to humanitarian crises has increased by about 50% since 2013. In addition to providing more funding, the government has also focused on making sure that assistance reaches as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. 

Press release - Norwegian government


Norway enters into new partnership on tax assistance with OECD

Norway has entered a new partnership on tax assistance with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for 2018-2012, with Norway set to contribute NOK 45 million (US$5 million) to the OECD's work with developing countries to establish effective tax systems and to combat tax-related crime. On behalf of the G20 countries, the OECD is taking the lead on a comprehensive reform of the international tax system. The reform will secure Norway's tax base, reduce the possibilities of transferring of profits, and increase the exchange of information across national borders. 

Press release - Government of Norway (in Norwegian) 


Norway’s Minister of Development speaks on strategic choices in development assistance

At meeting for Norwegian People’s Aid, Norwegian development minister Nikolai Astrup, highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization to support development assistance. Norway provides 1% of its GNI to international development. According to Astrup, using these resources in a way that facilitates domestic commitment will be the key to creating sustainable development.

Norway’s latest development strategy concentrates on a reduced number of countries and sectors, including education, health, and climate change. 

Speech  - Government of Norway


Norwegian development organizations call for policy changes

Five major Norwegian development organisations have provided input on the Norwegian government's forthcoming development assistance reform, including the Secretary-Generals of the Norwegian People's Aid, Norwegian Church Aid, Red Cross, Save the Children, and the Norwegian Refugee Council. Proposals included the designation of one contact person within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and increased political and professional dialogue. Respondents also advocated for longer-term project contracts with more flexibility, and shorter pipelines from decision-making to payout.

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)


Norway to increases tax-related support US$32 million by 2020

In 2018 the Norwegian government will increase tax-related assistance by NOK90 million (US$10.7 million), with continued increases totaling NOK268 million (US$32 million) by 2020. According to the OECD, one NOK in tax-related assistance to developing countries can create NOK100 in increased tax revenues for those same countries. Norway plans on further developing international frameworks and conditions to ensure greater openness and zero tolerance for corruption within both the public and private sectors. 

Speech - Minister of Development Nikolai Astrup (in Norwegian)


Innovation Norway and Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs launch program in humanitarian sector

Innovation Norway and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new innovation program to facilitate partnerships between humanitarian organizations and private companies. The goal is to develop innovative technological solutions that can help people in humanitarian crises in a better and more efficient way. Innovation is of high priority in the government's new humanitarian strategy, and private actors can contribute to better humanitarian response. The Norwegian government is contributing NOK30 million (US$3.5 million). 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)


Norway announces new digital strategy for development policy

Norwegian Minister of Development, Nikolai Astrup, has announced a new digital strategy as part of its broader development cooperation.  The strategy aims to reduce the fragmentation of Norway's previous digital efforts and achieve more effective development in partner countries. Norway is a leading country in technology and the strategy involves taking advantage of knowledge clusters from private businesses, academia, and civil society.

The World Bank has stated that it will not be possible to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 without the use of new technology.

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)


Norway's foreign ministry presents new humanitarian assistance strategy

Norway's foreign ministry has presented a new strategy for humanitarian assistance focused on 1) the protection of women, children, and youth, 2) innovation, and 3) promoting a multilateral and normative system that respects international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law.

To meet these goals, Norway has increased its humanitarian budget by more than 50% since the start of the previous parliamentary term. According to the foreign ministry, the budget will be maintained at high levels for years to come and will be 'adapting to the changes in the world'. 

News article - Aftenposten (in Norwegian)

Save the Children evaluates Norway’s development assistance efforts

For the fifth time, Save the Children Norway has assessed the government's policies for children both in Norway and internationally over the last year. The organization assigned the government the best possible grade (a 'green card') for its efforts on health, education, and taxation. However, they gave a 'yellow card' (defined as 'good, but far from good enough') to the government's climate change policy. According to Save the Children Norway, the policy should be doing more to protect the world's poor, particularly children in vulnerable countries.

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

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Norwegian development minister participates in the UN Secretary-General's high-level panel on digital cooperation

Norwegian development Nikolai Astrup has been invited by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres to participate in a high level panel on digital cooperation. The panel was launched by Guterres in New York and is focused on digital technology's potential to contribute to reaching Agenda 2030.

The panel maps trends in development and the use of digital technology, identifies knowledge gaps, promotes interdisciplinary cooperation, and presents concrete proposals for how international cooperation can be strengthened in the digital field. 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)