Norway’s New Aid Policy
Will it impact the poor in Mozambique?
Norway’s government recently launched the white paper ‘Sharing for Prosperity: Promoting democracy, fair distribution and growth in development policy’.
The document is tainted by viewing development and poverty reduction through a Norwegian lens. Only to a limited extent does it appreciate the situation of the poor.
It does not take into account the challenges of combining the Oil for Development programme with being an oil operator, nor the critique against our involvement with authoritarian states like Angola.
An aid policy for poverty reduction must take the actual situation and the challenges of the poor as its starting point. Basic needs for employment, income, food and housing should have priority and this should not require much effort.