Good governance, rural development and education are among the most important focus areas in Norway's development cooperation with the war-torn country. However, the difficult security situation makes the work difficult.
Norway is giving 100 million NOK for work to prevent natural disasters in Bangladesh. The heavily populated country has a fast growing economy but is very vulnerable to floods, cyclones and climate change.
China’s growth and influence in the global arena has made the country an important partner for Norway. Environment, climate and welfare development are the main areas for cooperation with the world's most densely populated country.
Norway wishes to bolster the cooperation on climate and the environment, human rights, a decent working life and global health issues. One of the contributions of Norway's involvement in the health sector is the increased focus on maternal and child health. Child mortality in India has been reduced by 46 per cent since 1990.
In the past ten years there has been a strong increase in Norwegian aid to Myanmar. Emergency relief and humanitarian work have been the keywords; however, a more long-term development cooperation is now taking over.
Thousands have gained access to electricity from Norwegian supported micro power plants and 91 per cent of all children are now starting school in Nepal.
Norway is helping to provide education to more Pakistani children. However, the security situation as well as the political climate in the country complicate long-term development work.
- Sri Lanka
National reconciliation and reconstruction are the key words for Norway’s work in Sri Lanka. Landmine clearing financed by Norway in 2012 has enabled 6 000 families to return to their homes.
An "Oil Fund” based on the Norwegian model is one of the results of Norway's development cooperation with the country.
Increasingly more workplaces are being created through binding economic cooperation between companies in Norway and Vietnam. This is an important part of Norway's development cooperation with the country.