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

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.

Eligible Countries

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

Thematic priorities

  • 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.

REACH Trust Fund-Knowledge, Learning and Innovation Grant! Supporting Efforts towards Better Education Services

Deadline: 16 November 2015

Education is the most powerful weapon for development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty, raising incomes, promoting economic growth and shared prosperity, and for improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability.

Focusing towards the importance of education today, the need of a developed world and keeping in mind the issue that with 57 million children not in school today and 250 million more not acquiring basic skills necessary for work and life, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity depend on more and better investments in quality education and learning, the REACH Trust Fund has issued its second call for proposals for activities to be financed under the REACH Trust Fund’s Knowledge, Learning and Innovation Grant with an aim to support efforts toward more and better education services, especially to those most excluded, by helping country systems focus more sharply on results.

In line with the World Bank Group’s education sector strategy, REACH will support the Bank’s efforts to build evidence on what works for a systems approach to education reforms and investments, working in complementarily with SABER (the System Approach for Better Education Results).

REACH is currently funded by the Government of Norway through NORAD, the Government of the United States of America through USAID, and by the Government of Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Please visit next page for information regarding grants and objective of the grant program.


NED Grants to NGOs Working to Advance & Promote Democracy Worldwide

Deadline: 2 October 2015

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar non-government organizations around the world to apply for its 2015 grant funding. NED yearly funds hundreds of projects of organizations that are working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

The foundation provides more than 1000 grants per year to NGOs promoting democracy in more than 90 countries. Funding decisions are made on a quarterly basis by the NED Board of Directors. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000.

Focus Regions

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central & Eastern Europe
  • Eurasia
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Middle East & North Africa

Focus Areas

  1. Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law
  2. Support freedom of information and independent media
  3. Strengthen democratic ideas and values
  4. Promote accountability and transparency
  5. Strengthen civil society organizations
  6. Strengthen democratic political processes and institutions
  7. Promote civic education
  8. Support democratic conflict resolution
  9. Promote freedom of association
  10. Strengthen a broad-based market economy

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar non-government organizations.
  • Applicant organizations should be working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions.
  • Individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public universities are not eligible for the fund.

Application Procedure

  • Application can be made via online application system, email or regular mail to reach the application materials by the deadline.
  • Complete application materials include – proposal cover sheet, proposal narrative, interim assessment, proposal budget and registration documents (if applicable).
  • Non-registered organizations should clearly mention the reason behind it not being registered and the status of any pending applications for registration.

For more information about this grant, please visit Apply for NED Grants.



Norad Grants to Civil Society Organisations: Oil for Development Programme 2016-2018

Deadline: 1 October 2015

Norad is currently accepting proposals from civil societies as a part of the Oil for Development Programme for the period from 2016 to 2018.

The main approach in the Oil for Development Programme is capacity development through institutional collaboration. Norwegian public institutions enter into long-term agreements with public institutions in a partner country.

Thematic Areas

Applicants are asked to submit proposals within the following thematic areas:

  1. Environmental protection
  2. Transparency in revenue generation and distribution
  3. Local participation in decision-making processes
  4. Labour rights

Geographic Priorities

The geographic priorities for this grant are aligned with the targeted developing countries that have entered into bilateral agreements with the Oil for Development Programme in addition to Kenya and Myanmar which are currently being considered:

  • Angola
  • Cuba
  • Ghana
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be any civil society organisations working on the above thematic areas from the above mentioned countries.
  • Priority will be given to national civil society actors in addition to Norwegian and international civil society actors.

How to Apply

Application form can be downloaded via the website. Duly filled applications are to be submitted via email.

For more information, please visit Norad Oil Call for Proposals.



WYA & United Nations Democracy Fund Emerging Leaders Training Programme 2015: Training Young Leaders in 5 Arab Countries

Deadline: 1 December 2015

The World Youth Alliance (WYA) Middle East in collaboration with United Nations democracy Fund is currently inviting applications for its Emerging Leaders Training Programme 2015 Round 3 to train young leaders in five Arab countries. The fund is intended to build the capacity of potential young Arab leaders. The funds will connect and build the capacities of 620 youths on the main topics of the project. The grant available for this training is 200,000 USD.

World Youth Alliance works with young people around the world to build a culture that supports and nurtures the dignity of the person. The work is divided into three program areas: Advocacy, Education and Culture. Throughout the 2 years, the project will consist of training of trainers, 2 Arab forums, 40 national workshops, and 80 community activities across the 5 countries.

Eligible Countries

Lebanon, Jordan, UAE, Morocco and Tunisia

Focus Areas

The project is evolved around 3 main topics:

  1. Human dignity and human rights
  2. Freedom and democracy
  3. Civic engagement and leadership skills

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be between the age of 15 and 29 from either of Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

How to Apply

  • Applicants can apply by filling the application form available on the website.
  • On the online application you need to provide answers to these questions-
    • What is the purpose of your application?
    • How do you think you can be an asset to civic engagement and the promotion of democracy and human rights in the Arab World?

For more information about the programme, please visit World Youth Alliance.



Norad’s Oil for Development Programme: Grants for NGOs in 12 countries

Deadline: 1 October 2015

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has an NGO grant programme called Oil for Development Programme and it is currently accepting proposals from organizations in 12 countries.

The aim of the Oil for Development Programme is to reduce poverty by promoting economically, environmentally and socially responsible management of petroleum resources.

The main approach in the Oil for Development Programme is capacity development through institutional collaboration. Norwegian public institutions enter into long-term agreements with public institutions in a partner country.

However, in order to achieve responsible management of petroleum resources the people must be able to hold the authorities accountable. In this regard, supporting civil society is vital.

The support for civil society will contribute to the Oil for Development Programme’s third outcome: Partner countries authorities are held accountable for the management of petroleum resources. Applications must demonstrate how the project will contribute to this outcome.

In order to achieve the Oil for Development third outcome, four thematic areas are of particular importance. Therefore, applicants are asked to submit proposals within the following thematic areas:

  • Environmental protection
  • Transparency in revenue generation and distribution
  • Local participation in decision-making processes
  • Labour rights

The geographic priorities for this grant are aligned with the targeted developing countries that have entered into bilateral agreements with the Oil for Development Programme in addition to Kenya and Myanmar which are currently being considered:

  • Angola
  • Cuba
  • Ghana
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Priority will be given to national civil society actors in addition to Norwegian and international civil society actors.

For more information, visit this link.


NORHED Seed Funding to Build Competence within Research and Higher Education

The Norwegian Program for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED), the program of Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), works to strengthen capacity of higher education institutions in Low and Middle Income countries (LMICs). The universities and other higher education institutions in the South; universities and higher education institutions in Norway who collaborates with institutions in the South; and regional organizations that aim to build competence within research and higher education in the South can apply for the NORHAD Seed Grants. The aim is to educate more and better qualified candidates able to contribute to social, economic and cultural development in their own countries or regions, and to increased quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’ or regions’ own researchers.

Six Priority Areas with focus regions and Sub Programs

  1. Education and training: Primarily LMICs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    1. Teacher Education and Training
    2. Governance and Leadership in the Education Sector
    3. Higher Education Governance and Policy
  2. Health: Primarily LMICs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    1. Health Professionals
    2. Public Health Management and Administration
    3. Applied Research Capabilities in Basic Medicine and Medical Specialties
  3. Natural resource management, climate change and environment: Sub-Saharan Africa.
    1. Natural resources management and climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience strategies in developing countries
    2. REDD+
  4. Democratic and economic governance: South-Asia, South-East Asia and Latin-America. Primarily LMICs in Sub-Saharan Africa, fragile states and post-conflict states.
    1. Peace processes and post-conflict recovery
    2. Strengthening of democratic processes and institutions
  5. Humanities, culture, media and communication : Low and Middle Income Countries, fragile and post-conflict states.
    1. Strengthening HEIs and programs in the field of humanities to advance knowledge, standards and academic cooperation with focus on democracy, gender equality, equity, human rights, inclusion, non-discrimination and diversity.
    2. Teaching and advancement of culture including marketing and management courses to promote and stimulate in-country artistic, intellectual and cultural activities.
    3. Strengthening HEIs to develop respected, independent media and journalism education programs.
  6. Capacity Development in South Sudan: South Sudan.
    1. Democratic and Economic Governance
    2. Natural Resource Management, Climate Change and Environment
    3. Health
    4. Education and Training

Eligibility Criteria

  • Application should be a collaborative partnership projects between higher education institutions in Norway and one or more higher education institutions in the South with the aim to build capacity in low- and middle- income countries.
  • Partners from LMICs must be higher education (HE) institutions accredited/recognized by in-country national authorities in countries registered as OECD DAC official development assistance recipients, or as listed in the specific call for applications.
  • Norwegian partners must be HEIs accredited by NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Education), offer accredited degree programs, and operate in accordance with Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education. Other academic institutions or institutes can apply for NORHED projects in partnership with a Norwegian Higher Education institution accredited by NOKUT.
  • Projects with more than one LMIC partner institution are encouraged, in order to create and strengthen regional academic networks. More than one Norwegian partner institution may also be involved in the project.
  • Applicants must be able to identify risks related to realization of the goals of the project applied for, and consider what counter‐measures may, if appropriate, be implemented and what type of risk may be accepted.
  • Priority regions/Countries
    1. Africa: Burundi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
    2. Asia: Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste
    3. Middle east: Palestinian Territories

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Eligibility Criteria for NICFI

Eligibility Criteria for NICFI (Norwegian Forest and Climate Initiative Grant)

  • Applicants can be civil society actors working within the field of reduced deforestation and forest degradation in targeted developing countries. Independent competence centers or think tanks with an idealistic, non-commercial purpose and inter-governmental organizations outside UN may also apply.
  • Applicant must demonstrate significant relevance and competence to one main thematic priority, but cross-thematic proposals may also be considered.
  • Concept notes must describe which of the outcomes it will contribute to and how.
  • All projects must demonstrate an added value to REDD+ in the relevant country or region and relate to national REDD+ policies and programs when relevant.

List of eligible countries

Focus Countries – Afghanistan, Haiti, Mali, Palestine, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania

Other partner countries – Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Philippines, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Belarus, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Macedonia, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, East Timor

How to apply?

  • Eligible interested civil society organizations should submit Concept Notes before deadline.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposal within provided timeline.
  • Applications must be submitted via online application system.

For more information, please visit Climate and Forest Funding for Civil Society 2016-2020.


A Comprehensive Guide for NGOs Working with Small-Scale and Artisanal Mining

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Across the globe the mining industry has experienced massive growth since the beginning of the 20th century. While large-scale mines cause much social and environmental harm, it is believed that small-scale and artisanal mines pose an even greater threat. Small-scale mining is a largely illegal and unregulated operation that consists of small enterprises initiating mining projects in developing countries. This guide outlines some of the major issue areas connected to mining, provides some basic tips on how to apply for grants, presents 15 foundations that fund mining-related causes, and offers a list of networks and additional resources.


Many toxic chemicals are used in mining processes, and in small-scale and artisanal mines there is little done to minimize the impact they may have on workers and members of surrounding communities. Mercury, lead, and cyanide are frequently used and can cause respiratory illnesses like silicosis, rashes, chemical poisoning, and birth and developmental defects. Additionally, mining sites are associated with

increased risk for the spread of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. Because of unsafe work conditions, miners are often at risk for sustaining injuries, infection, and death as a result of accidents.

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Conflict minerals are resources that are extracted in conflict zones and are used to finance rebel groups and prolong fighting. Areas affected by mining for this purpose, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, face many issues including armed confrontation, growth of illegal weapon markets, sexual violence and exploitation, child labor, slavery, and problems associated with drugs and alcohol.

Human and Labor Rights

Conditions in small-scale and artisanal mines do not usually follow government regulations for health and safety, leaving workers unprotected and vulnerable to occupational hazards. People living in surrounding areas are also negatively impacted and face many threats to their safety and livelihood. Moreover, many countries have significant populations of children working in mines. It is estimated that over 1 million children worldwide are employed in mining. These children have little to no access to education, are exposed to dangerous labor conditions, and are at high risk for suffering developmental damage.

Indigenous Communities

Many small-scale and artisanal mines are established on lands that neighbor or belong to indigenous peoples. These sites violate the land ownership rights of local communities, exclude them from decision-making, and pose risks to the dwellers’ health, commutes, and safety. The degradation of the local environment also disrupts cultural events and sacred land. Some areas that are especially affected by these issues include Papua New Guinea and the Karamoja region in Uganda.


The mining industry has a devastating impact on the environment. Chemicals used to extract resources poison soil and water, thus destroying animal habitats, decreasing biodiversity, and contaminating food and water sources belonging to nearby communities. Poaching of large mammals that live close to small-scale and artisanal mines, such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants is also an issue. Mining sites can cause mudslides, sinkholes, erosion, and destruction of watersheds. The release of greenhouse gases is also a major concern.

Economic Development

While mining provides employment opportunities and prosperity to mining enterprises, it also contributes to the eradication of other industries and promotes illegal trade that is not beneficial to local communities or governments. For instance, waters poisoned by chemical waste kill fish and create obstructions for fishermen. Human exploitation and weapon and drug sales may also increase in areas that neighbor mining sites. Furthermore, child and forced labor that is commonplace in small-scale and artisanal mines greatly limits educational opportunities.

Women’s Rights

According to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), women make-up between one- and two-thirds of the artisanal and small-scale mining labor force. Very few women occupy high

positions in mining enterprises, leaving many of them to take up extra work as cooks or prostitutes near mining sites to increase income. Sexual violence and exploitation are prevalent around these areas, which in turn heightens risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

How NGOs Can Help

NGOs hold a major stake in small-scale and artisanal mining and have the potential to change the way mines operate, diminish the consequences of mining, and create livelihood alternatives for all those involved. Below is a list of 15 foundations that fund projects that mitigate the devastation caused by small-scale and artisanal mines.

How Do I Use this Information?

  • To start, conduct research on the foundation: find out if they are active in your region, whether they fund the specific cause your NGO is involved with, and what projects they have funded in the past.
  • Make sure the donor organization exercises values that align with those of your NGO, as under some circumstances accepting funding may entail certain risks. Click here for more information on gift acceptance policies.
  • Network with the donor over the phone or in person to learn more about their priorities and criteria for grant applications.
  • If the organization is interested in what you do and requests an application, develop a letter of inquiry, concept note, or brief proposal as per their instructions.

Top 15 Donors for Mining

Australian AID

Clinton Global Initiative

Conservation International

Comic Relief

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund


First Peoples Worldwide

Global Greengrants Fund


Intel Foundation

Motorola Solutions Foundation

Natural Resource Governance Institute

Pew Charitable Trusts

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

The Greenbaum Foundation


Alliance for Responsible Mining

Indigenous Environmental Network

International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour

NGO Mining Working Group at the UN

Responsible Sourcing Network

Solidaridad Network

Solutions Network

Western Mining Action Network

NGOs Working in the Field & Their Partners

Diamond Development Initiative

An organization that addresses the challenges presented by artisanal diamond mining across Africa and works directly with artisanal miners to reduce violence and improve their quality of life.


African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), Communities and Small-Scale Mining (CASM), Department for International Development – United Kingdom, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Government of Belgium, Government of Sweden, USAID: PRAAD Project.

Global Witness

A non-governmental, not-for-profit organization registered in England that performs research and manages campaigns to increase awareness of the injustices caused by the oil, mining, and timber industries.


Adessium Foundation, The Ajahma Charitable Trust, The Alexander Soros Foundation, Allard Prize for International Integrity, Arcus Foundation, Center for International Policy, David and Anita Keller Foundation, The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, The Democratic Governance Facility, Fidelity Charitable Gift Program, Ford Foundation, Foundation to Promote an Open Society, UK Department for International Development (FGMC Programme), Governance and Transparency Fund (Department for International Development), Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, Humanity United, Irish Aid, JMG Foundation, Jocarno Fund, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Longview Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Oak Foundation, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, The Skoll Foundation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), The Roddick Foundation, TED Prize, Wallace Global Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Zennström Philanthropies

Red Social

A Peruvian not-for-profit that conducts research and promotes change in the hope of making artisanal mining a more socially and environmentally responsible industry and improving the livelihoods of mining communities.


Alliance for Responsible Mining, Solidaridad, Care Peru, ProDiálogo, Asociasión Civil Labor, Better Gold Initiative, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, European Union, Fondo Multilateral de Inversión, Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, El Grupo de Diálogo de Minería y Desarrollo Sostenible, Belgian Technical Cooperation

Additional Resources

Amnesty International on Mining and Human Rights

Global Witness on Conflict Resources

Greenpeace International on Mining Impacts

Human Rights Watch Report on the Impact of Mining in Uganda

International Council on Mining and Minerals Report

International Labour Organization Report on Girls in Mining

Mining Watch Canada

World Bank on Small-Scale Mining

World Health Organization Assessment of Health Impacts of Mining

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Top Ten Donors for HIV and AIDS Projects Worldwide


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners, including NGOs, to maximize results for the AIDS response.


The principal focus for Australia’s support to the global HIV effort will continue to lie with the Asia Pacific region, particularly Papua New Guinea (PNG), East and South Asia and the Pacific Island countries. In Africa, support is channelled through the Global Fund and UNAIDS and through partnerships in strategic areas where Australia can influence and add value. AUSAID contributes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, UNAIDS as well as providing support for HIV prevention and harm reduction for people who inject drugs.

3. JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)

In the field of infectious disease control and HIV AIDS, JICA provides support for the improvement of access to and the quality of testing, the collection and analysis of health information, and strengthening service providers’ capacities to provide necessary treatment and care services. Moreover, JICA supports policy making at the national level, and enhancing service delivery at health facilities at the sub-regional level.

4. Irish Aid

Irish Aid work at national and global level with international organisations, governments, civil society and local communities to address the needs of people living with AIDS and to prevent the spread of the virus. As well as addressing the links between poverty and HIV in all of our programmes, they provide over €100 million each year to tackle HIV and AIDS and other communicable diseases.


HIV/AIDS has been an important priority area for NORAD since 1986 and is already integrated into much of the agency’s work. NORAD focuses its efforts in four key areas:  Contribute towards limiting the spread of the epidemic; Contribute towards limiting the adverse effects of the epidemic on groups of people who are directly affected by the epidemic; contribute towards preventing a negative social impact as regards human rights, stigmatisation and ostracism; and contribute towards preventing or limiting the negative consequences for social and economic development.

6. amfAR

With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $388 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

7. Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

8. Elton John AIDS Foundation

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established in the United States in 1992 by Sir Elton John, and is headquartered in New York City. The Foundation aims to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS through innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct treatment, care, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Today, EJAF is one of the world’s leading non-profits working in this field.

9. M·A·C AIDS Fund

The M·A·C AIDS Fund was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

10. The Global Fund

Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been a major engine driving this remarkable progress. Soon after its founding, the Global Fund became the main multilateral funder in global health. It channels 82 percent of the international financing for TB, 50 percent for malaria, and 21 percent of the international financing against AIDS. It also funds health systems strengthening, as inadequate health systems are one of the main obstacles to scaling up interventions to secure better health outcomes for HIV, TB and malaria.

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