Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Norway increases its assistance to Somalia to NOK 500 million

“Somalia is in a critical phase. Norway aims to support that the progress made so far is not reversed. That is why we are increasing our development assistance by NOK 150 million and strengthening our cooperation with the Government of Somalia,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.

Mr Holmås is today taking part in the international Somalia Conference 2013 in London. The conference is co-hosted by President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and British Prime Minister David Cameron.  

“The conference focuses primarily on security and political stability, both of which are absolutely essential if Somalia is to recover. Norway will also be a major contributor to humanitarian efforts and development assistance in the country. After two decades of civil war, the situation for the people of Somalia is extremely difficult. The country’s health situation is among the worst in the world, education programmes are very poor and 70 % of young people in the country are unemployed.  Somalis in exile need to have a viable society they can return to,” said Mr Holmås.

A recent UN report revealed that famine and a lack of food security led to almost 260 000 people losing their lives in Somalia between October 2010 and April 2012, which is twice the number that were previously thought to have died.

“A shortage of food caused by conflicts, climate change, increased food prices and extreme poverty remains a huge problem in the country.  Over 1.7 million people in Somalia are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 215 000 children are acutely malnourished and risk dying of hunger. Norway is already making a major contribution to humanitarian efforts in Somalia. We are now substantially increasing our development assistance to the country with a view to making the people of Somalia better equipped to deal with crises, and achieving positive social development in line with the Somali Government’s priorities,” Mr Holmås said.

In 2012, Norway’s total assistance to Somalia and Somali refugees amounted to around NOK 360 million. In 2013, Norway’s development assistance and transitional funding to the country will be increased by around NOK 150 million, making total Norwegian assistance to Somalia over NOK 500 million. 

Press contact: Communications Adviser Astrid Sehl, mobile phone + 47 92284752, E-mail

 

Related news

Latest news

SAR Celebrates 2nd anniversary in Kuwait

SAR Celebrates 2nd anniversary of operation in Kuwait.

SAR AS Celebrates 30 years of operation!

The history of SAR goes 50 years back to the late 1960s with the company Septik Tank Co. 

Ready to conquer the world with Hansen Protection Helicopter pilot suits

In 2017, for the first time in the history of helicopter sport, the World Cup in Helicopter Races is going to be held. It is going to take place in 7 countries, and starts on Friday April 7th in Konakovo, Russia.

SeaBass Fisherman's Work / Flotation Suit

SeaBass is a waterproof, buoyant work suit for anyone working on or around water.

Improved Surface Rescue Preparedness can Save Lives

A significant part of the Norwegian fire and rescue services lack good apparel for use in surface rescue operations. This can mean the loss of valuable time in rescue operations in water, and experts now call for a change ...

Historical contract for Norwater AS!

The excitement was at its height at Norwater AS in Høylandsbygd on Wednesday last week. The company signed its biggest contract in history, in strong competition with both Norwegian and foreign competitors. The order book ...

Export Credit Norway Finances Production of Ready-to-use Therapeutic Foods in South Africa

Since being founded in 1948, the Norwegian company GC Rieber Compact has developed into a leading supplier of ready-to-use therapeutic foods to customers such as Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross, the World Food Progr...

Peru Corporate Day

On 26th September, Oslo Chamber of Commerce will for the first time receive a technological business delegation from Peru to Norway, led by PROMPERÚ.

New contract for delivery of Servogear CPP

The Servogear installation includes CPP propellers,