NORHED Call for Partnerships : 2016 NORHED Funding Programme addressing Education for Development

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Deadline: 15 February 2016

Norway invites university partnerships to submit applications for its Norwegian Programme for Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) funding. NORHED aims at strengthening Higher Education Institutions within key areas for development. The focus for this call is quality improvement for primary and lower secondary education.

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Eligible Countries

Ethiopia, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Niger and South Sudan

Thematic priorities

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  • The focus for this call is quality improvement for primary and lower secondary education. Projects focusing on early grades of primary school will be particularly interesting. Special priority will be given to the topic of teacher education with a strong focus on pedagogy, innovative pedagogical approaches and teacher-pupil relations.
  • Project designs can also include one or more of the following components: teaching in the local context, curriculum development, literacy and numeracy, instructional languages, inclusive education for marginalized groups including children with disabilities, and innovation and technology in teaching and learning.
  • Focus on gender and education is a priority, with special emphasis on girls’ education.
  • Projects may also include capacity development within management and administration of the higher education institutions.
  • Applications must be based on needs and priorities identified by the partner institution(s), and must be linked to government policies and priorities at national and/or regional level. It is a clear intention in the short- to medium-term to achieve synergies with other Norwegian-funded programmes and initiatives.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The NORHED programme supports collaborative partnership projects between higher education institutions in Norway and one or more higher education institutions in the countries (mentioned above).
  • Partnerships where universities can demonstrate collaboration with teacher training colleges or primary and secondary schools will be of particular interest.
  • Eligible applicants are nationally accredited universities and university colleges. Partners from LMICs must be higher education institutions (HEI) accredited by in-country national authorities. Norwegian partners must be HEIs accredited by NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Education).
  • NORHED projects may consist of one or more partner institution in a priority country and one or more Norwegian partner institutions. Although regional collaboration is encouraged, this has to be balanced with due consideration to project efficiency, effective coordination and clear objectives about where institutional capacity is to be developed.
  • When possible, the agreement partner (the partner with legal responsibility towards Norad regarding achieving project results, submitting annual reporting and overall financial management) should be the same partner as where the capacity will be developed, but all projects must do a realistic assessment of the capacity of the agreement partner to hold such a responsibility. Another partner institution in the partnership can also be the agreement partner for the project.

How to Apply

  • All applications for NORHED funding must use the NORHED application form and budget template available on the website.
  • The application with all attachments must be submitted by e-mail.

For more information, please visit Education for Development.

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