The goal of Norwegian aid is to eliminate poverty. The Development Fund contributes to attaining this goal by working to give poor people in the countryside sufficient and healthy food and an improved economy, by assuring that they are well prepared for climate change and crises, and that they acquire increased power and influence over their own lives.

We focus on four main thematic priorities in all of our program countries. These are 1) Food security and nutrition, 2) Climate and environment, 3) Economics and market access, and 4) Participation and equality. The Development Fund has programs in the following countries:


Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 25 million Ethiopians live in poverty, and poverty is most widespread in the countryside. Click on this link to read more.


Guatemala is a country with an extremely high degree of inequality between rich and poor. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 53 percent of the population lives in poverty, and among the Maya Indians as many as 83 percent. Click on this link to read more.


Malawi lies in South-East Africa and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Agriculture supplies the basic income for more than 80 percent of the population. Click on this link to read more.


Nepal, one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world, is besieged by repeated floods, earthquakes and avalanches. Click on this link to read more.


Somalia is a fragile and vulnerable state. Poverty is widespread, with approximately 3 out of 4 Somalis living below the poverty line. Poverty is particularly bad in rural areas. Click on this link to read more.