Siri Nodland, Norwegian Fundraising AssociaitionAfter a new agreement between Norway's government parties, a record €4 billion has been allocated to the nation’s aid budget for 2016, a €190 million increase on the aid budget from last year. 

 

One fifth of the budget (19.5 per cent) will be directed towards refugees in Norway, funding the establishment of new refugee centres. 

 

The remaining foreign aid budget of €3.2 billion is €100 million euros less than the amount spent on international aid in recent years.

 

"While the total budget increase is a welcome development, there is some concern that the allocation of such a significant amount of money towards refugee housing and services may mean there is less money for international aid charities in Norway. Such organisations will likely need to consider new strategies and ways of fundraising,” says Sir Nodland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Fundraising Association.