Norway spent 700 million kroner on corona development aid in the first half of 2020

Erna Solberg - UNPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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An evaluation of Norwegian development aid in the first half of the year shows that NOK 700 million was spent on various projects to combat the corona pandemic.

Norad has carried out an evaluation for internal use to get an overview of how Norwegian development aid funds were used during the first half of the year. 

Changes were made to the planned development aid budget for 2020, and funds were instead used to deal with the virus outbreak.

A total of NOK 700 million was spent on various COVID-19 projects, the report states. 

UN got most of the funds

Most of the funds used were given to the UN or other international initiatives and little to specific projects in individual countries.

“Changes in the state budget were made both as a result of the new needs that arose due to the pandemic, and because there were changes in the design that could no longer be implemented due to restrictions,” acting evaluation director in Norad, Siv J. Lillestøl, explained.

She pointed out that there are fewer resources during crisis situations and that it is important to evaluate what has been done.

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