Education Data Roundtable Meeting in New York. Credit: GPE/Ludovica Pellicioli
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Aid to education

Within the Norwegian cabinet, the responsibility for development policy lies with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Norad, a directorate under the MFA, is the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.

The Norwegian’s 2017 budget highlights education as one of the priorities of Norway’s development policy during this year. The priorities in education are as follows:

  • Girls’ education
  • Education in countries affected by fragility and conflict
  • Secondary education and vocational training
  • Education in mother tongue, quality of education, and education to achieve sustainable development

About a quarter of Norway’s aid to basic education goes to the least-developed countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, the top five bilateral recipients of aid to basic education were: Malawi, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nepal.

Norway and GPE

Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Development, Norway. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
The government of Norway will continue to increase its contribution to GPE... Norway is committed to ramp up support to countries wanting to broaden and deepen their tax base in a fair, predictable and sustainable manner.
Nikolai Astrup
Minister of Development, Norway

Norway is the GPE Board representative of the Donor 4 constituency on the GPE Board, Finland and Ireland are also part of this constituency. Norway sits on the Governance and Ethics Committee and Grants and Performance Committee.

Last updated December 10, 2018