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Are climate and poverty reduction the main goals of Norwegian aid?

POVERTY / Norwegian Development Cooperation's weak urban efforts over 60 years – an average of five per cent of the annual aid budget – is difficult to understand. Because it is in the cities that the "billion at the bottom" live. Many are calling for measures in areas such as forests and climate, plastic and marine litter, transport, energy, food safety and regional planning.

The people here account for 70 percent of climate emissions, consume 70 percent of the energy and create 70 percent of the country's gross domestic product. In addition, two thirds of the world's wars and conflicts take place in connection with cities. 90 percent of all population growth in this century occurs in cities in the South, according to Scanteam (2007) and "The world of cities" (2020). It is in poor urban communities in Africa and Asia (especially in the east and south-east) that the "cascades" of climate attacks will hit particularly hard. There is a strong connection between increased urbanization and climate change.

When senior advisor Heidi B. Bade and . . .

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Anna Malena Giske Skibevaag
Skibevaag is previously employed by UN Habitat and NORCAPS in South Sudan. Board member of Habitat Norway.

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