The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has issued guidelines for providing financial support to international organizations and networks from January 2010. In this regard, it is currently accepting applications from organizations and networks under its support scheme. It plans to support only limited number of organizations due to budgetary constraints and priority will be given to applicants from South working in the gender and/or environment.
According to the guidelines, international organizations and networks should have members from at least more than two countries and they need to have a strong base in developing countries. Projects proposed under the current program should build the capacities of local NGOs so that they are able to participate in local, national and international decision-making processes in a better manner. The current call is also an opportunity for local NGOs to seek out partnerships with international agencies and offer partnerships for them so that they can bid for the support.
Basically, there are two types of support provided by NORAD: core support and programme support. Applicants seeking core support need to provide information about their strategy and for programme support, details on goals and results have to be explained. Additional information requested includes:
- Plans for the application period
- Budget for the application period
- Financial plan for the application period
- A baseline analysis, indicators for goal attainment, risk assessment, a description of how potential risks may be mitigated, as well as an assessment of key sustainability factors (e.g. gender, environment, conflict sensitivity, institutional capacity etc.) Application period and amount requested in 2009
Besides, details such as “a brief presentation of the results of the organisation’s work the last three years (maximum two pages); a brief description of the organisation’s structure (branches, offices, board members, decision making procedures, number of employees etc); a brief description of how the organisation is rooted in the South; a brief description of the organisation’s network and collaborating organizations and a list of the organisation’s donors” also have to be submitted.