Extra funding allocated for foreign aid

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Calling 2015 “a dramatic year,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende said Tuesday that another NOK 180 million (USD 21 million) of state funds would be donated to international humanitarian aid. Most of the money was earmarked for refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

Extra funding was also being sent for humantarian aid in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Iraq, also to the UN’s emergency fund CERF and in response to the International Red Cross’ emergency aid appeals.

The World Food Program would get NOK 45 million for its operations in Jordan and Lebanon, Brende said, after the UN had to cut food rations for 360,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon earlier this year. Brende said he hoped the Norwegian aid would provide extra support for more food for thousands of people.

He said that in addition to the millions of people fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East, more than 10 million people are suffering from a drought in Ethiopia. Funding would also be taken from humanitarian reserves in Norway’s state budget for 2015. The total amount of humanitarian aid provided for in the state budget for next year has been raised by nearly NOK 1 billion, to nearly NOK 5 billion (USD 574 million).

newsinenglish.no staff