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Editorial: Norwegian foreign aid is only 0.91% of the GDP

We will be the first to shrug at the fact that the Norwegian Government has not reached its aim to increase the Norwegian foreign aid to 1% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Quality rather than quantity in foreign aid has become a rather clich‚ filled demand. Nonetheless, it is necessary to repeat the phrase after having read NORAD's 1998 annual report.
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We will be the first to shrug at the fact that the Norwegian Government has not reached its aim to increase the Norwegian foreign aid to 1% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Quality rather than quantity in foreign aid has become a rather clich‚ filled demand. Nonetheless, it is necessary to repeat the phrase after having read NORAD's 1998 annual report.

However, numbers do tell us something. The money spent by NORAD in 1998 over the business funds amounted to almost half a billion kroner, which is the same as in the previous years. At the same time, support to projects directed against for example women and the environment has decreased somewhat. But more important than the amount of money spent, are the consequences of foreign aid. NORAD continues to spend money on the shrimp breeding industry in Thailand, which contributes to transferring rice-fields into salt deserts, on plywood production in Indonesia, which profits on the deforestation of Sumatra, on a number of controversial hydroelectric projects, and on several other projects which have been mentioned by this newsletter.

NORAD does little to hide its focus. In the 1998 annual report, the table of contents lists the following projects: ABB, on pages 19, 22, 24, 29, 32, 52, 54, 55, 63, and 68, Kværner, on pages 29, 32, 33, 52, 54, 63, Norconsult, on pages 19, 22, 25, 29, 35, 39, and 55.

Norwatch Newsletter 12/99

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