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|Hilde Frafjord Johnson|
Throughout her tenure as Minister for International Development, she has been a strong advocate for human rights, poverty eradication, better delivery in development and the Millennium Development Goals. Ms. Johnson has also been actively involved in the efforts to build coalitions for reform, both of the UN, the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) and bilateral aid agencies. In 1998, Ms. Johnson formed the Utstein-group, a group of key likeminded development ministers from the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Norway (later also Sweden and Canada). She has worked closely with leaders in the G8-countries, the senior leadership of multilateral organizations, the UN, World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the BWIs, and leaders of developing countries, to bring about better pro-poor development policies. She has also served as governor and member of the Board of the World Bank for Norway and the Nordic/Baltic Constituency.
Ms. Johnson was the co-chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Partner’s Forum and in charge of the Sudan-committee for more than six years, and played a critical role in the Sudan peace process, leading up to the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).
Prior to joining UNICEF she served as Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank. Her main responsibility was developing a new operational strategy in support of Fragile States in Africa. Ms. Johnson has been the co-chair of the Global Coalition for Africa for several years. She is also member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor and has served as a member of the Oxford University Taskforce on UK Energy, Development Assistance and Foreign Policy.
Ms. Hilde Frafjord Johnson, born in Arusha, Tanzania, was awarded a graduate degree (cand.polit.) at the University of Oslo in 1991, specializing in development anthropology.
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