Record-high Humanitarian Aid Budget Despite Economic Crisis

The Norwegian Government proposes that NOK 27.4 billion were allocated to development assistance in 2010, announced on Regjeringen website. This is an increase of NOK 1.2 billion from 2009.

Development assistance accounts for 1.09% of Norway’s estimated GNI for 2010. “We will honour our commitments and intensify Norway’s efforts to help poor countries to cope better with conflicts, the climate crisis and the financial crisis,” said Mr Solheim.

The Government will continue to give priority to peace-building, human rights and humanitarian assistance, women and gender equality, the environment and climate change, clean energy, good governance, institution building, and the fight against corruption.

The Government will step up support for efforts to prevent deforestation in poor countries and proposes an allocation of NOK 2.1 billion for this purpose in 2010 over the development assistance budget. This is an increase of NOK 650 million compared to 2009.

Increases in allocations of the budget were proposed in the following areas in 2010:

  • an extra NOK 650 million to Norway’s international climate and forest initiative
  • an extra NOK 35 million to NGOs
  • an extra NOK 50 million to efforts to help children through UNICEF
  • an extra NOK 20 million to research and higher education as part of the Government’s India Strategy.

Additionally, in response to the increasing number of people seeking asylum in Norway, a larger allocation for refugee measures in Norway in 2010 in the development assistance budget were also proposed.

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