Norwegian development cooperation has challenged for debate and contributed to greater transparency around spending and division of money.
The country celebrated 50 years of independence in 2012. Many things have improved since the civil war but the challenges are numerous in this country that is one of the world’s poorest. Norway's aid is focused on stability and education.
Dialogue supported by Norway has resulted in religious leaders publicly denouncing female genital mutilation. They are reaching millions of people with the message of how harmful genital mutilation is.
Norway's petroleum expertise is very important in a country which has seen significant economic growth in recent years.
Implementation of the new constitution was the most important outcome of the Norwegian aid to Kenya in 2011.
Norway will donate several hundred million NOK for building power plants in Liberia in the coming years. The work for ensuring access to electricity in the capital is well under way.
Norway has contributed towards clearing landmines and cluster munitions after the war in the North African country.
1.5 million children do not have the opportunity to attend school. Therefore, Norway concentrates on education in development cooperation with Madagascar. The funds are spent on further education of teachers, school plans, building of classrooms and school canteens. In addition, Norway has increased its environmental efforts in recent years.
Planting of five million trees, better prison conditions for inmates, better maternal & child health and subsidies for small-scale farmers. These are some of the initiatives in Malawi.
Both the coup d’etat and the conflict made development cooperation and humanitarian work difficult in Mali in 2012.