Norway plans to increase its development aid budget by 3.8 billion kroner

Dag-Inge UlsteinPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

The government plans to increase the development aid budget by NOK 3.8 billion in the proposed state budget for 2022. A fifth of the money will go to climate measures.

On Tuesday, the outgoing government will present its final budget. The proposal aims to increase development assistance from NOK 38.1 to 41.9 billion, Development Minister Dag Inge Ulstein told the newspaper Vårt Land.

In September, Ulstein told the newspaper the increase would amount to NOK 3.1 billion, but that amount has now increased. The NOK 3.8 billion corresponds to an increase of around 10% from the previous state budget and will ensure that the government reaches the target of development aid amounting to 1% of the estimated gross national income.

Ulstein warns that a fifth, NOK 8.2 billion, of the development aid money will go to climate measures.

“Hurricanes and cyclones destroy houses and infrastructure, droughts threaten the livelihoods, and floods affect millions of people every year. That is why it is so important that a larger part of the money goes to climate measures,” Ulstein wrote in an email to Vårt Land.

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