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Contributions to UNHCR

Norway is one of UNHCR’s most important strategic partners and a generous donor to UNHCR. In 2016, Norway increased its support substantially to USD 118 million, thereby becoming UNHCR’s largest donor in relation to the population size of the country and the seventh largest donor overall. In 2016, Norway was also UNHCR´s fourth largest donor of unearmarked core support. 50 per cent of Norway’s total contributions in 2015 was unearmarked, and went to facilitate vital efforts to alleviate the most pressing humanitarian needs globally.

Education plays a central role in UNHCR’s protection mandate, and Norway is a great supporter of UNHCR’s Education Strategy. Norway’s thematic funding focuses specifically on providing education to children in crises and conflict affected areas, and in 2015, Norway contributed USD 2.7 million to UNHCR to support quality and protective education in countries covering Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Niger, Turkey, South Sudan. In 2016, Norway donated USD 1.2 million to UNHCR´s education related work in Iran and Uganda.

Norway has strong donor focus on the Syria crisis including funding resettlement initiatives for Syrian refugees. Norway also donates to emergencies all across Africa, the European refugee situation and IDP and protracted situations such as Afghanistan, Ukraine and Myanmar. Norway supports the Nansen Refugee Award and contributes annually with the USD 50.000 monetary prize to the Nansen Refugee Award winner.

Norway’s thematic focus: Education.

See how education has impacted Muzon’s life in Jordan’s refugee camps and why she advocates that everyone should receive an education.


Protecting through education

Protecting through education

In Africa’s largest and most complex emergency, the South Sudan crisis, almost 90 per cent of those fleeing are women and children. Funding to UNHCR’s South Sudan operation from the Norwegian Government ensures that young South Sudanese refugee women and girls can attend and stay enrolled in school.

Donor Government Counterparts

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is UNHCR´s Government counterpart on matters related to strategic cooperation and funding.

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The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation – NORAD

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation – NORAD is a government agency in charge of quality-assurance of Norwegian development cooperation and implementing part of the Norwegian Development Aid.

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