The Ministry of International Affairs has restructured its funds. The Ministry’s funds proposal for 2019 is shorter and extra concise than beforehand, and plenty of allocations have been consolidated thematically.
The modifications are supposed to make the funds proposal extra related to the decision-making course of within the Storting (Norwegian parliament) and to make it simpler to observe using help funding. The restructured funds may also be a greater administration instrument for the Authorities and the ministries.
The restructuring has been finished in response to a request made by the Storting in 2017. The method was began with final 12 months’s funds proposal, and additional modifications have been made this 12 months.
This 12 months’s funds proposal is significantly shorter and extra concise than earlier than. The primary a part of the doc describes the principle priorities of the Ministry’s funds. The objectives are formulated extra clearly, the textual content explaining priorities has been made extra pertinent and the reporting is clearer.
The funds construction has additionally been simplified, with fewer however extra clearly outlined chapters and gadgets. The funds remains to be divided into two essential programme areas, overseas coverage (02) and help (03). Varied grant schemes associated to overseas coverage priorities have been consolidated in a single funds chapter underneath programme space 02. In programme space 03, rather more of the funding is allotted thematically reasonably than by nation or area.
The structural modifications and redistribution of funding between new chapters and gadgets don’t essentially contain modifications in the place or how the funding will really be used. For instance, the particular regional allocation to Africa is considerably decrease than in 2018. Nevertheless, it’s because a big proportion of the help that goes to Africa from 2019 onwards will likely be a part of the thematic allocations – for instance for training, well being, agriculture, enterprise growth and renewable vitality.
The Authorities is proposing to extend the already excessive degree of help to least developed international locations and international locations in Africa in 2019. The white paper on companion international locations in growth coverage printed in June this 12 months introduced that Norway will likely be concentrating its growth cooperation to a larger extent on chosen international locations. Ten of the proposed 16 companion international locations are in sub-Saharan Africa.
The proposed allocation to international locations and areas affected by battle and fragility is nearly doubled this 12 months. A big proportion of this can go to international locations in sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel area.
Norway’s help to Africa has risen in recent times, each as a proportion of help funding and in actual phrases. The Authorities’s funds proposal for 2019 means in follow that help to Africa will likely be greater than NOK 2 billion greater than in 2016, which is a rise of greater than 15%.