Donor scores: Norway

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Norway is this year’s best donor in the HRI 2009 overall ranking, moving up one position from 2008. It took 1st place in the ranking in Pillar 1 (Responding to needs) and Pillar 3 (Working with humanitarian partners), 2nd place in Pillar 4 (Protection and International Law) and 7th place in Pillar 2 (Prevention, risk reduction and recovery), where it moved up several positions, and in Pillar 5 (Learning and accountability). Norway ranked 1st in terms of generosity and burden sharing (along with Sweden, Ireland and Luxembourg).

Some of its top rankings by indicator were 1st place rankings for funding to CERF and other quick disbursement mechanisms, funding IFRC, ICRC and UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeals, and funding UN coordination mechanisms and common services. This was supported by high rankings in qualitative indicators where Norway’s partners gave top marks for support for crisis prevention and preparedness measures, coordination, and conditionality of aid that does not compromise humanitarian action, all ranked at 2nd, with 3rd place rankings for protection and funding to NGOs. In the area of legal frameworks, Norway ranked well in terms of respect for international humanitarian law (1st), respect for human rights (2nd) and implementation of refugee law (2nd), confirmed by related qualitative indicators around advocacy for the respect for human rights (2nd), protection (3rd) and supporting needs of internally displaced persons (3rd). Among its lowest marks were equitable funding in accordance to needs in the crisis (18th), facilitating safe humanitarian access (16th), monitoring the adherence to quality standards (16th), timely funding to sudden onset disasters (15th) and funding to local capacity (15th). Norway ranked better than the overall donor average in the crises studied in the HRI 2009.

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