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Norway increases its support for elections in Afghanistan

On 5 April, Afghanistan will elect a new president. Norway is providing NOK 102 million in funding for the planning and implementation of the presidential election and next year’s parliamentary elections. The funding is being channelled through the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

“The holding of democratic elections is one of the most important elements in building a stable Afghanistan for the future,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Donor Spending on Gender in Emergencies 2013

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CARE

A new report reveals that a tiny proportion of international aid is directed towards projects that target gender violence and sexual exploitation of women in humanitarian crises.

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Norway to cut funding to Afghanistan

The Norwegian Government is proposing cuts in its civilian assistance to Afghanistan from NOK 750 to 700 million in 2014.

“These cuts are the result of a lack of willingness on the part of Afghanistan to meet its commitments from Tokyo in a number of areas, particularly its commitments to combat violence against women and to fight corruption,” said State Secretary Torgeir Larsen in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Norway threatens to cut Afghan aid

07/07/2013 11:53 GMT

KABUL, July 7, 2013 (AFP) - Norway has threatened to reduce aid to Afghanistan, signalling increasing frustration among donor nations over the Kabul government's failure to implement reforms as NATO troops prepare to withdraw.

At an aid meeting in Kabul on Wednesday, Norway said that Afghanistan was not living up to its commitments to prepare for credible elections, to improve women's rights and to fight corruption.

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Norway provides NOK 240 million to efforts to eradicate polio

Polio can be eradicated within the space of five to six years. Norway is to increase its level of support for efforts to eradicate polio by NOK 190 million, to NOK 240 million (USD 40 million).

“I am pleased to announce that the Norwegian Government is proceeding with plans to support the new polio eradication plan by providing an allocation of NOK 240 million in 2014. We intend to continue our strong support for this important initiative for a further five years,” Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås said.

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New agreement securing relief to 800,000

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) have signed a historic three years partnership agreement with NRC, worth 993 million NOK. It supports NRC’s work for people displaced by war and conflict and will directly benefit approximately 800,000 people in 2013 alone.

It is the first time NRC has signed a global partnership agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad. The three years agreement will replace a dozen separate contracts.

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Norway and Afghanistan sign Agreement on Strategic Partnership

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Afghan President Hamid Karzai today signed an agreement on strategic partnership between Norway and Afghanistan. In the agreement, Afghanistan makes a commitment to good governance and combating corruption in exchange for continued Norwegian assistance.

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Norway doubles funding for the fight against polio

Norway has provided an additional NOK 50 million to the fight against polio, which remains endemic in three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

“Our goal is to eradicate polio completely, in the same way as we have managed to eradicate other infectious diseases that particularly affect children. India has been free from polio for a year, which is a major breakthrough. Our goal is realistic, but considerable resources are needed if we are to reach it,” Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås said.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Afghanistan Issue 08 | 01 – 30 September 2012

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1,386 shelling impacts recorded

  • 17,766 individuals (2,875 families) were recorded as displaced due to conflict

  • 34% of households surveyed in 22 provinces are food insecure

  • 17 reported humanitarian access-related incidents

  • Afghanistan receives US$ $10 million from CERF

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UNHCR Syria Fact Sheet - June 2012 (EN/AR)

  • An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees 91.6% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. The Government of Syria, which has continuously implemented a generous policy towards the stay of Iraqi refugees, estimates that the country hosts about one million Iraqis. 64.6% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 62.4% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 35% of the 27,681 families registered are female-headed households.

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The situation in Afghanistan and Norway’s civilian and military engagement - Address to the Storting on 29 May 2012

Speech/article, 31.05.2012
By: Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre

Just over a week ago, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence and I took part in the NATO summit in Chicago. Afghanistan was one of the main topics of discussion. President Karzai and all the countries contributing to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were among the participants.

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ARTF Administrator’s Report on Financial Status As of May 20, 2012 (end of Saur-2ndmonth of SY1391)

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World Bank

1 . Donor contributions for SY1391.

Total donor pledges for SY1391 amounted to US$814.32 million, of which US$437.83 million (54%) were without preference and US$376.49 million (46%) were with preferences. Table 1 reflects total donor pledges including those paid-in amounts for SY1391. The total contributions for SY1391 include the unpaid pledges of US$63.49 million brought forward from SY1390.

Table 1: ARTF Contributions for SY1391, as of May 20, 2012 (in US$ million)

2 . Consolidated ARTF Sources and Uses of Funds for SY1391

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Norway to disburse withheld funds to Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

" I am pleased to see that the Afghan authorities have fulfilled several of the requirements set by the donor countries for resuming the payment of funds to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). This means that important projects in the areas of education, good governance and rural development will receive funding. However, we must continue to maintain the pressure in order to reduce the risk of corruption,” said State Secretary Espen Barth Eide.

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Report: Norway Suspends Aid to Afghanistan Over Corruption

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Voice of America

Norway has frozen $55 million in aid to Afghanistan until the scandal surrounding the collapse of corruption-ridden Kabul Bank is resolved.

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said Tuesday that a "lack of good governance" on the part of Afghan authorities is the primary reason for the aid suspension. Eide made his comments to Norwegian daily newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv.

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Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2011

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Humanitarian aid is being stretched. Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with conflict and its legacy; natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan have the power to disrupt and sometimes even paralyse economic and social infrastructure; recovery and reconstruction remain uneven following large-scale conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; and political turmoil is escalating in parts of the Middle East and North Africa.