Saturday, December 07, 2019

Norwegian aid budget 2007

More money, more politics, no business

Despite 12 per cent growth in the aid pie, Development Minister Erik Solheim had to make some tough choices to make room for his key priorities in an aid budget where both the Foreign Minster and the Prime Minster claim their share.

Norway is again raising the flag over its aid, highlighting areas where it claims to be in the forefront internationally. Norwegian aid will become more fragmented. The number of recipient countries increases, and cross cutting thematic funds in the budget will open up for small profiled projects.

Losers in the Norwegian budget are primary education programmes at the World Bank (WB), the World Food Program (WFP) and the Norwegian private sector. The new budget confirms the grip of civil society, public players and the political elite on the aid budget. Norwegian business continues to be marginalised.

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