Norway

Support for Mine Action

Last updated: 14 November 2023

In 2022, Norway contributed approximately NOK429.2 million (US$44.7 million) in mine action funding to 19 affected states (13 States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty and six states not party), to the West Africa region, and to several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions for global activities.[1]

Norway’s largest contribution (NOK114.3 million, or $11.9 million) went to Ukraine for clearance and risk education activities. Global activities represented the second highest share of Norway’s funding. Iraq, which received the largest contribution from Norway from 2017–2021, was the next largest country recipient, receiving NOK40.1 million ($4.2 million).

Approximately 97% of Norway’s total contribution in 2022 went to international NGOs.

Contributions by recipient: 2022[2]

Recipient

Sector

Amount (NOK)

Amount (US$)

Ukraine

Clearance, risk education

114,275,067

11,886,566

Global

Advocacy, various

77,810,264

8,093,601

Iraq

Clearance, risk education, victim assistance

40,149,960

4,176,284

Syria

Clearance, risk education, victim assistance

35,107,939

3,651,827

Zimbabwe

Clearance, risk education

18,423,267

1,916,336

Somalia

Clearance

18,170,235

1,890,016

Lebanon

Clearance, risk education

16,495,574

1,715,822

Lao PDR

Clearance, risk education, victim assistance

14,193,386

1,476,355

Cambodia

Clearance, risk education

12,983,475

1,350,504

Yemen

Clearance, risk education, victim assistance

12,390,277

1,288,801

Sri Lanka

Clearance

11,432,000

1,189,124

Afghanistan

Clearance, risk education, victim assistance

11,287,000

1,174,041

Angola

Clearance

10,848,178

1,128,396

Colombia

Advocacy, clearance, risk education, victim assistance

8,870,000

922,632

Tajikistan

Clearance

6,903,386

718,070

Thailand

Capacity-building

5,424,089

564,198

Vietnam

Clearance

5,424,089

564,198

West Africa region

Various

3,400,000

353,658

Palestine

Various

2,958,594

307,744

Myanmar

Various

1,676,537

174,389

Libya

Risk education, victim assistance

1,000,000

104,017

Total

 -

429,223,317

44,646,579

 

Mine action assistance approach

Mine action is one of the key areas for action included in Norway’s Humanitarian Strategy 2019–2023, in which clearance of mined areas is defined as “a concrete, effective way” to support the return of displaced populations and promote socio-economic development.[3]

Norway indicated in April 2022 that it was looking to implement a multiyear funding agreement from 2022 onward, and develop more country coalitions to effectively engage national mine action authorities.[4]

In February 2018, Norway indicated that it would continue to give priority for mine action funding to countries demonstrating strong national ownership and clear progress toward completion.[5]

Five-year support to mine action

From 2018–2022, Norway provided more than $208 million in support to mine action activities, representing a 13% increase from the $184.6 million provided during the previous five-year period, from 2013–2017. In national currency terms, the NOK1.85 billion provided represents an increase of more than 40% from the NOK1.3 billion provided in 2013–2017.

Summary of contributions: 2018–2022[6]

Year

Amount

(NOK)

Amount

(US$)

% change from previous year

(US$)

2022

429,223,317

44,646,579

+26

2021

305,199,000

35,506,836

-5

2020

352,506,000

37,388,076

-13

2019

378,534,870

43,014,836

-10

2018

388,064,000

47,721,784

+22

Total

1,853,527,187

208,278,111

N/A

Note: N/A=not applicable.

 


[1] Average exchange rate for 2022: NOK9.6138=US$1. United States (US) Federal Reserve, “List of Exchange Rates (Annual),” 9 January 2023.

[2] Norway Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report (for calendar year 2022), pp. 3–4. See, Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Database.

[3] Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Norway’s Humanitarian Strategy: An effective and integrated approach,” August 2018.

[4] Mine Action Support Group meeting, “Annex A: Donor Updates, MASG Meeting,” 27 April 2022.

[5] Statement of Norway, Third Annual Pledging Conference for the Implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty, Geneva, 27 February 2018.

[6] See previous Support for Mine Action country profiles. ICBL-CMC, “Country Profiles: Norway,” undated.