Enterprise Development for Jobs

Enterprise Development for Jobs aims to contribute to job creation in developing countries by stimulating the establishment of new business enterprises or expansion of existing ones.

Norad is managing the grant scheme that provides support to companies that can demonstrate willingness and ability to create jobs in developing countries through sustainable investments.

All future calls for proposals will be announced on this page at norad.no.

About the grant scheme

Grants are provided to reduce risk prior to an investment decision. This includes support to feasibility studies, partner search, trial production, training of local staff, strengthening of local suppliers and local infrastructure investments.


In June 2015 the Norwegian Government launched the White Paper Working together which describes how Norway will intensify its efforts to promote a sound private sector development in developing countries, and establishes new schemes for public–private partnerships.

The purpose of this application-based grant scheme is to support private sector development in selected countries, and is a direct follow-up of the White Paper.

The grant scheme is untied, and is intended to provide flexible support to reduce commercial risk for investors.

Call for proposals 2020: Support for enterprise development in developing countries

Deadline is 8. October at 13:00 CET

To apply for this call for proposals, the applicant must register in the grant portal.

See also Frequently Asked Questions to this call for proposal.