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Norwegian aid statistics for 2014 available

Last updated: 09.06.2015 // In April, Norad published the official aid statistics for 2014. Last year, the total amount of official development aid (ODA) was 31.7 billion NOK or roughly 4.05 billion USD. This amounts to 0.99 percent of Norway’s GDP, which is above the UN’s ODA target of 0.7 percent of a country’s GDP.

Africa is still the region that most Norwegian development aid is directed to, with South Sudan and Malawi receiving the highest amount among the African countries last year.
In 2014, Malawi received 531.9 million NOK. The health sector was the largest recipient of roughly 223 million NOK, whereas sectors such as economic development, good governance, and education received 135.2, 75.5 and 54.1 million respectively.

Norway and Malawi started development cooperation in 1973. However, the amount was miniscule and only amounted to 0.1 million NOK. Since then Norway has irregularly donated relatively small amounts of aid to Malawi for more than 20 years until the late 1990s when the Royal Norwegian Embassy was establish in Lilongwe and the amounts became more regular. They increased steadily each year, reaching an all-time high in 2013 of 631.1 million NOK.

The education sector in Malawi has traditionally received less of Norwegian ODA when compared to some of the other sectors such as health and agriculture.
However, in 2014 Malawi became the first pilot country to receive bilateral education support through the Government’s global education effort, which involves financial support of 100 million NOK annually to strengthen the country’s education sector. The increase in ODA to the education sector is a clear signal of how paramount education is for Malawi’s continued development, as stressed by Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg during her visit to Malawi in July 2014.

The statistics can be found on Norad's interactive website here.


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