Norway, World Bank To Boost Cooperation on Conflict, Security-focused Schemes

Norway and the World Bank have agreed to boost their cooperation on efforts to address conflict and security and advance development in fragile states.

The agreement was reached between World Bank President Robert Zoellick and Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim at a meeting on June 8 in Oslo, which focused on the key messages and recommendations of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011.

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Under the agreement, the bank and Norway will increase their cooperation in the following areas:

- Implementing relevant country-level programs in Sudan, Ivory Coast and other countries experiencing or emerging from conflict.- Developing the necessary expertise to effectively deliver these programs in a timely fashion.- Strengthening cooperation between the United Nations, international financial institutions and regional organizations. - Supporting an international knowledge platform on security, conflict, development and transition experiences.

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