Ethiopia among the top ten largest recipient countries of Norwegian development aid. 
Photo: NORAD.Ethiopia among the top ten largest recipient countries of Norwegian development aid. Photo: NORAD

Norwegian Development Aid in 2015

Last updated: 13.04.2016 // ‘Norway has reinforced its position as one of the world’s leading development aid donors,’ says Norad director Jon Lomøy. The official development aid figures for 2015 have now been prepared.


Some of the facts:

  • Aid in 2015 corresponded to 1.05 per cent of Norway’s gross national income (GNI).
  • In 2015, 9.3 per cent of total aid was spent on emergency assistance, this represents an increase of NOK 383 million on 2014.
  • One of the significant changes to the development aid budget from 2014 to 2015 was an increase in the expenditure on refugees in Norway.
  • Brazil received most Norwegian development aid in 2015, for the fourth year in a row. Ethiopia is among the ten largest recipients countries.
  • Total direct aid for education increased with 37 per cent compared to 2014.
  • Some reduction in aid to the poorest countries.
  • More support through the UN, less through the World Bank Group.

Ethiopia received 390 million NOK in development assistance from Norway last year, and is one of is one of the ten largest recipients countries. Ethiopia is one of 12 focus countries for Norwegian development cooperation worldwide. Currently, Norwegian development cooperation with Ethiopia is concentrated on four thematic areas:

  1. Climate change and the environment – with a focus on forestry, climate smart agriculture and renewable energy
  2. Humanitarian affairs
  3. Good governance and human rights
  4. Education

 Read more about the official Norwegian aid statistics for 2015: click here

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