The EnPe programme is an independent supplement to Norad's NORHED programme, within the fields of energy and petroleum.
The aim of the programme is to strengthen capacity of higher education institutions in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) to educate more and better qualified candidates, and to increase quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’ own researchers.
Higher education and research are priority areas of Norway’s development cooperation policy. Norad believes that sound, strategic investments in higher education and research in low and middle income countries pay off in the form of strong academic institutions and their societal engagement.
Such investments have many benefits, not least that they contribute to development of their countries’ intellectual resources, competent workforces, visionary leaders, gender equality and human rights. In the long run it also contributes to evidence-based policies and decisions that enhance sustainable economic, social and environmental development.
The EnPe portfolio consists of ten projects in eight countries: Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Ghana, Nepal and Bolivia.
The Norwegian partner institutions are Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), University of Stavanger (UiS) and University of Bergen (UiB).
The programme board for EnPe is appointed by Norad, while the programme is administered by NTNU.
This is the second phase of the programme. The programme period of 2013-2019 has been extended for one year until the end of 2020.
The programme has a long-term perspective, and is based on mutual South-North partnerships. The programme supports education and research at bachelor's, master's, PhD and post-doc level.