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27 Nov 2015 description

Today, Afghans constitute the largest group of asylum seekers to Norway. While many young Afghan men cross the Storskog border in Finnmark, women are fleeing inside their homeland, Afghanistan. ”I lost two of my childhood friends in suicide bombings. And one day, when I was going to the gym, a bomb exploded in the street", Farshid says.

He entered Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) meet him on the Greek Island of Chios.

”You cannot feel safe there”, he says referring to his hometown, Kabul.

09 Oct 2015 description
report The New York Times


STORSKOG, Norway — Pelted by hailstones and buffeted by an icy wind, Yasir Arslanuk, a 55-year-old Syrian engineer, his wife and two young sons wobbled across the border from Russia into Norway astride bicycles last week, the latest migrants to complete an improbable new route to Europe.

Read the story on the New York Times

13 Aug 2015 description
report Guardian

After fleeing Afghanistan, the Hashemi family thought they had found a safe haven in Norway – until the centre-right government deported them

In autumn last year, life was finally improving for Nadereh Hashemi. After spending all her adult years on the run from her family in Afghanistan – she lived in Iran for 10 years before making an arduous escape to Europe – Nadereh and her husband, Ahmad, finally found something resembling a stable life in Europe.

08 Apr 2015 description

Under the tripartite agreement entered into between Afghanistan, Norway and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Afghans who are refused asylum in Norway have two choices:

  • either to take advantage of the assisted repatriation programme;
  • or to reject this offer and risk being forcibly deported and returned to Kabul almost empty handed.

The two groups return home under very different circumstances.

06 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 17 December – 6 January

Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno and neighbouring states have resulted in more than 80 deaths, 225 kidnapped, hundreds of homes burneds and thousands displaced.

Central African Republic: Nearly 200,000 people need nutrition assistance. Over 36,000 people are trapped in seven enclaves across the country; a group of 474 Fulani who fled to Yaloke months ago and now cannot leave are in particular need.

03 Jun 2014 description

Norway is increasing its annual support for efforts to eradicate polio from NOK 50 million to NOK 240 million for the next six years. The funding will be channelled through the GAVI Alliance.

‘I am very pleased that we have signed an agreement with the GAVI Alliance to support its efforts to eradicate polio. We have an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate this infectious and crippling disease, but a concerted effort is needed if we are to succeed,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

09 Jan 2014 description

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.

12 Nov 2013 description
report CARE

Report reveals pitiful spending on projects addressing gender inequality, as London meeting to counter violence against women in crisis begins

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 17:14

04 Oct 2013 description

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.

08 Jul 2013 description

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.

25 Apr 2013 description

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.

08 Mar 2013 description

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.

05 Feb 2013 description

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.

07 Jan 2013 description

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.

25 Oct 2012 description


  • 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

04 Jul 2012 description
  • 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.

29 May 2012 description

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.

20 May 2012 description
report 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