Priority Areas

Norway’s own development co-operation goals are in keeping with the Millennium Development Goals, and helping to achieve the MDGs is our ultimate aim, both in our bilateral assistance and in our assistance to multilateral organisations and programmes.

Nonetheless, certain areas receive special emphasis in Norway’s development co-operation. The Norwegian government assigns particular priority to activities in the areas of peace and reconciliation, environmental protection, women and gender equality and energy.

Norway has played a pioneering role in the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in international development co-operation, and attaches great importance to promoting women’s rights and supporting measures targeted towards women.

The international community has a responsibility to protect vulnerable groups in emergencies. Norway has a separate item on its development assistance budget for humanitarian assistance and peace efforts. In this area the government co-operates closely with Norwegian NGOs and the UN system.

Health is another priority area. The prevention and treatment of disease improves quality of life and enhances productivity, and is therefore essential to poverty reduction. Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria, and a large number of childhood diseases are on the rise. Norway provides substantial support for health measures both in individual countries and through multilateral organisations such as the WHO and programmes such as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). At least 10 per cent of Norwegian development assistance goes to health measures.

HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest development challenges facing us. Norway therefore gives high priority to combating this pandemic. We work directly in our partner countries and through support for international organisations and funds such as UNAIDS and GFATM. The International Development Minister’s initiative, Aidsforum, is doing a great deal to disseminate knowledge and raise awareness in this field.

Trade and private sector development is essential for wealth creation, employment and economic growth. Thus development assistance in these fields is an important element in poverty reduction. Norway’s efforts in this field include measures to increase the import of goods from the least developed countries and to promote investment.

The features of good governance include democratic institutions; transparency in public-sector decision-making; effective, independent supervisory institutions; a properly functioning judiciary; and a free and independent press. Improving governance is crucial if poverty is to be reduced, and efforts in this regard, including measures to combat corruption, are an integral part of Norwegian development co-operation.

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