Norway increases its development aid budget by 2.5 billion kroner

Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

The Norwegian government and Socialist Left Party (SV) have agreed to increase the development aid budget by NOK 2.5 billion, with priority given to UN core support, human rights, and civil society.

After three weeks of negotiations, the Labor Party, the Center Party, and the Socialist Left Party reached an agreement on a revised national budget.

“This budget agreement takes Norway in a fairer and greener direction. We are reversing a large part of the development aid cut, so Norway can show up in times of crisis,” Kari Elisabeth Kaski, fiscal policy spokesperson for SV, stated.

Save the Children praised the SV’s efforts aimed at supporting the world’s poorest people and is happy that the party was able to reverse so much of the government’s proposal for cuts in aid.

“We still believe that the government should have gone further,” Secretary-General Birgitte Lange stated.

“This result of the negotiations will educate at least 1 million more children, authoritarian leaders will have more resistance from brave human rights defenders, and more women and girls will receive protection against sexual violence,” Lange added.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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