Support schemes - cooperation and financial support

Norad finances, cooperates with and is a source of information about Norwegian and international organisations, institutions and private companies.

A combination of detailed knowledge of these organisations and technical advice will help to ensure the quality of Norad's services by providing access to a wider range of experience.

Norad's Norwegian partners consist of humanitarian and development assistance organisations, private companies, trade unions, cultural institutions, research institutions, embassies and government agencies and institutions.

Support schemes

Norad works with Norwegian companies, government agencies and a number of different development assistance and cultural institutions.

Most of this cooperation takes place through a variety of support schemes. Each year, Norad announces funding for research and institutional cooperation between Norwegian research institutions and research institutions in developing countries. Norad is also responsible for providing support for international organisations.

Civil society

Norad's support schemes for civil society cover voluntary stakeholders that are active in developing countries. They include organisations, associations, confederations, special interest groups and societies. They range from large, national organisations that are involved in major projects in several countries to small associations based in local communities that are working with a single partner on a single project. Projects cover a wide range of areas and sectors, with the main emphasis on women, children, the environment, education, HIV/AIDS and health. Norad requires the organisations that receive support to meet certain requirements relating to development expertise and administration.

The private sector

One of Norad's responsibilities is to encourage the private sector to engage in commercial activities in developing countries. Assistance to promote the transfer of technology, goods and services in order to support the development of infrastructure and commercial activities in developing countries is also important. Furthermore, assistance is provided for measures that strengthen developing countries' export opportunities. The projects that receive support must meet the environmental requirements of recipient countries and the international community. They must also help to promote fundamental trade union rights in accordance with international conventions and labour standards.

The Clean Development Mechanism

To contribute to reaching the goals of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as defined in article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol, Norad has established a support mechanism to enable eligible entities (Project Developers) to prepare the necessary documentation for submission of CDM projects to the Designated National Authority (DNA) and the United Nations CDM Executive Board. Developing new CDM methodologies or adapting existing methodologies can also be supported. The guidelines for support to CDM projects development give an overview of criterias for support, eligible costs and projects, and describe how to apply for support.