Norwegian aid budget proposal 2020

Søreide bolsters foreign policy grip on Norwegian aid, leaving little room for Ulstein to make his mark

Norway steps up aid to the Sahel region in the aid budget for 2020 and, in an innovative move, provides a NOK 3.1 billion short term loan for Somalia to clear its defaulted World Bank debt. Though the budget includes NOK 1.4 billion in fresh funds, much of this increase is dedicated to issues like migration and security that are outside the new Development Minister Dag-Inge Ulstein’s portfolio, leaving little left over for him to make his mark.

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