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Norway proposes historic level of funding for education, aid and health

Staff Writer | October 7, 2016
The Government of Norway proposed aid budget for 2017 that amounts to 1 % of Norway's GNI and sets out a historic level of funding in many areas.
Børge Brende
Budget   UN Sustainable Development Goals
"The present Government has doubled support for education, increased humanitarian aid by 50%, and increased funding for global health by NOK 600 million. We are also continuing our targeted efforts in the areas of business development, job creation, climate change, environment and sustainable energy," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The proposed aid budget for 2017 amounts to NOK 33.9 billion. This is equivalent to 1 % of estimated GNI for 2017, and means that the aid budget will have been kept at 1 % of GNI for the whole of the current parliamentary period.

"The aim of aid is to enable the recipients to become independent of aid. To achieve this, support must be used to promote lasting development, and to trigger other sources of capital. It must be results-oriented and targeted towards the poorest.

"The historic adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015 marked the start of a global effort, in which all of the world's countries will share responsibility for promoting sustainable development and eradicating extreme poverty in all its forms by 2030,'" Brende said.

The Government's development assistance is focused on the following five areas: education, humanitarian aid, health, business development and job creation, and climate, environment and sustainable energy. Human rights, democracy, women's rights and gender equality, and anti-corruption are cross-cutting issues in Norwegian development policy.

'Education is key to promoting growth and development. The Government therefore proposes a record high allocation of NOK 3.4 billion for global education in 2017. We are therefore delivering on our promise to double support for global education during the current parliamentary period,' Mr Brende said.

As well as increasing support for education, Norway has been at the forefront of efforts to push education higher up the global agenda.

'There are several major humanitarian crises and conflicts taking place in the world today, and the need for humanitarian assistance has risen dramatically. We are therefore planning a record-high humanitarian budget in 2017 too, with an allocation of NOK 5 billion to humanitarian aid. A large part of this will go to efforts in Syria and its neighbouring countries. Since 2013, the Government has increased humanitarian aid by more than 50 %,' Mr Brende said.

In addition to providing a record-high level of humanitarian aid, Norway will continue its work to encourage other countries to contribute more.

Norway's humanitarian efforts must be seen in conjunction with its engagement in fragile states and regions, and its peace and reconciliation work.