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Norway approves 2019 ODA budget

The Norwegian government has approved the budget for official development assistance (ODA) for 2019 at NOK37.8 billion (US$4.5 billion). The Christian Democratic Party has supported the government's ODA budget after reshuffling NOK 232 million (US$28 million), focusing on long-term development by strengthening  funding for food security, agriculture, Africa, and civil society. This includes an increase of NOK14 million (US$2 million) to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and GAVI, the Vaccine alliance.

Norway's planned global health commitments for 2019 are NOK 3.2 billion (US$39 million). 

Budget document - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway announces partner countries in development policy

The Government of Norway has released a White Paper proposing two categories of international development partnerships: one for long-term development cooperation, and the other for stabilization and conflict prevention.

Partner countries in the category for long-term development cooperation are Ethiopia, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Partner countries in the stabilization and conflict prevention category are Afghanistan, Mali, Niger, Palestine, Somalia, and South Sudan.

Efforts in the latter group of countries are to be in line with the priorities set out in the strategic framework for Norway’s engagement in conflict prevention, stabilisation, and resilience building, which the Government published in 2017.

White Paper - Norwegian Parliament (in Norwegian)

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Norway tops all donors with US$360 million commitment to Global Financing Facility

The world's leaders have committed more than US$1 billion to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) during the replenishment conference in Oslo, with co-host Norway topping all donors at US$360 million. "Today we have a big hope that the world's poorest countries can build a healthy future for women, children, and youth", said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. "The GFF model is effective and achieves this goal as it based on a cooperation with the relevant countries to develop capacity to build and maintain health systems for women and children to survive." 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norwegian increases support for climate-adapted agriculture

According to its new budget, Norway will increase support for food security and climate-smart agriculture by US$7.1 million (NOK 60 million) in 2019. The increase will be earmarked to support vulnerable areas that are severely affected by climate change. According to Norwegian Development Minister Nikolai Astrup, climate adjustment is a prerequisite for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Norway is contributing to it through agricultural guidance, the development of soils that can tolerate more drought or excessive precipitation, and support for fertilizer and irrigation, safer storage, and access to markets.

 Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway prioritizes women’s rights and equality in 2019 development budget

The Norwegian government has proposed a US$119-million (NOK 1 billion) grant to women's rights and equal opportunities in its 2019 development assistance budget. The funds will be used for measures to improve women's and maternal health, through health care and other development policy efforts that strengthen women's rights. This includes core contribution to UN Women's Rights and Equity Organization (UN Women), UN Populations Fund (UNFPA), and various targeted gender equality measures. Equality and women's rights are goals in themselves, but the government states that succeeding in these areas is also important for other Sustainable Development Goals.

The core of Norway's work for gender equality is sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning, maternity health, and safe and legal abortions. 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway to increase development spending by US$2.5 billion in 2019

In its 2019 development budget, Norway has proposed spending US$4.5 billion (NOK37.8 billion) on development assistance, corresponding to about 1% of Norway’s Gross National Income and NOK2.5 billion more than in 2018. To increase the effectiveness of Norway’s efforts, the government has chosen to concentrate on:

  • Education
  • Business development
  • Agriculture and renewable energy
  • Climate change, environment and oceans,
  • Humanitarian action.

Around US$2.7 billion (NOK23 billion; 60%) of the development budget will be allocated to these areas.

Press release - Norwegian government

Norway announces US$29-million increase in humanitarian budget

The Norwegian government has proposed an increase of around US$29 million (NOK250 million) in humanitarian funding for 2019, bringing its humanitarian budget to a total of US$632 million (NOK5.4 billion). In its new 2019 budget document, Norway proposes to increase funding for countries affected by conflict and fragility and to people in need, and increase efforts to promote human rightsThe aim is to help prevent and de-escalate armed conflicts, and promote more peaceful and inclusive social development.

Press release - Norwegian government

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Norway announces increased support to the GFF

During his speech at the Global Citizen Concert in New York, Norwegian Minister of Development Nikolai Astrup announced that Norway will contribute US$360 million to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) over the next five years.

He also announced that Norway will host the GFF replenishment conference in Oslo and is aiming at raising US$2 billion dollars and saving up to 35 million lives between now and 2030.

Speech - Norwegian government website 

Norway provides US$71 million to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Norway has a signed a four-year agreement amounting to NOK600 million (US$71 million) with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). According to the agreement, Norway will support OHCHR with US$20 million annually from 2018 to 2021.

In addition to efforts in countries and regions, such as Colombia and the Sahel, Norway provides earmarked support to OHCHR the for thematic priority areas. This includes efforts to protect freedom of expression and belief and local human rights defenders. 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

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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

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