Tracking Inclusion in Norwegian Development Support to Global Education
In White Paper 25, Education for Development, the Norwegian government promises to:
include the needs of children with disabilities in its bilateral development cooperation, and be a driving force in ensuring that their needs are also addressed in multilateral and humanitarian efforts in the field of education; and help to ensure that the needs of children with disabilities are integrated into national education plans (White Paper 25, 2013-2014, 23).
Main findings of FAFO in the report:
- Norwegian government promises in relation to inclusive education and disability inclusion are broad, vague, and non-binding, making it difficult to hold the Norwegian government accountable – even though the Parliament has asked the government to devote more attention and development assistance to persons with disabilities, and to report more precisely and systematically on the allocation and use of resources for disability inclusive education
- While it is possible to trace specific Norwegian bi- and multi-lateral development funding flows down to a project level, it is extremely difficult to assess how much of this funding is used on inclusive education, much less on children with disabilities.