Norwegian Contributions to UNHCR
Norway is one of UNHCR’s most important strategic partners and a generous donor. In 2019, Norway was our 4th biggest donor and the biggest donor to UNHCR per capita. In 2019, 47% of Norway’s contribution came as unearmarked funding.
Key facts about Norway as a donor:
- Norway is a supporter of education for displaced children and refugees.
- In 2019, Norway provided USD 94 million to UNHCR, of which 47% was unearmarked, allowing UNHCR to support where the needs were the greatest. Norway was the biggest donor per capita.
- Norway provided key contributions to the Syria situation response, Jordan, Lebanon and the Central Mediterranean situation.
- At the Global Refugee Forum, Norway pledged USD 850,000 to UNHCR’s resettlement efforts.
- Norway also supports the Nansen Refugee Award and contributes annually with a monetary prize to the Nansen Refugee Award winner.
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Norwegian Contribution Stories
The situations in Syria and Iraq are among the world’s most underfunded crises. Support and unearmarked funding from Norway enables UNHCR to help the most vulnerable refugees.
Humanitarian crises have become more complex, longer-lasting, and affecting more people. Norway recently launched a new humanitarian strategy focusing on protection, the humanitarian-development nexus and commitment to providing effective, flexible and consistent funding.
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.