Foreign aid from Norway increased by around 2.4 billion kroner from 2014 to 2015, according to the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). Brazil was again the country that received the highest amount of foreign aid.
Norway is strengthening its position as one of the world’s leading aid donors, Norad Director Jon Lomøy says.
The amount of foreign aid from Norway in 2015 is equivalent to about 1.05 per cent of its gross national income. 109 countries received foreign aid from Norway in 2015.
For the fourth consecutive year was Brazil the country that received the largest amount of foreign aid from Norway. Brasil is followed by Afghanistan, Palestine, Malawi and Syria. 97 percent of the foreign aid to Brazil last year went to the government’s Climate and Forest Initiative.
3.2 billion went to emergencies, most of which went through UNHCR, WFP and non-governmental organizations, including the Norwegian Red Cross and the NRC. Out of the emergency relief, 42 per cent of the funds were used in the Middle East, mainly in Syria. The aid to Jordan and Lebanon also increased, due to the influx of refugees to Syria.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today