Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)


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Norad – Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, is a directorate of Norway’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, founded in 1968, and headquartered in Oslo. In 2016, Norwegian ODA amounted to approximately € 3,9 billion.

Climate change and the environment, and clean energy are two of the eight main NORAD priorities. Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) that is usually represented as a flagship initiative, is worth up to € 1 billion per year. With regard to NICFI, Norad reports to the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment. More information can be found on the Norad website.

Eligibility to Receive Funding

NICFI is open to governmental and nongovernmental entities, including NGOs in particular. Cooperation with Norwegian partners is preferred where applicable. The current funding cycle is from 2016-2020 and there is support for 39 projects. An interactive list of NICFI funded projects can be found online.

Regional Focus: Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin


Sector Focus

NICFI focuses on initiatives that slow, halt and eventually reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation initiatives under REDD+.

Funding Conditions: Grants

Application Procedure

NICFI focuses on 11 countries in the 2016-2020 cycle. More information on the application procedure and criteria can be found online.



Bygdoyallé 2, 0257 Oslo, Norway

Tel. +47 23 980 000



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