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Norway - a global partner (NORGLOBAL)

The overall objectives of NORGLOBAL:
NORGLOBAL is established to strengthen Norwegian research on and for development in low- and middle-income countries, and also strengthen research capacity in these countries. The programme has a special responsibility to generate new knowledge within the field of development in Norway. A greater level of efficiency, flexibility, visibility and coherence will be achieved by consolidating much of the work being done in the field of development under a single programme. The programme combines a number of existing programmes and activities and will be open to new initiatives. The latest activities included are 'Tax Havens, Capital Flows and Developing Countries' and 'Research on Humanitarian Policy'. The NORGLOBAL programme will place importance on accomplishing tasks in cooperation with other Research Council programmes and activities. 

The programme encompasses a number of thematic priority areas, which will be administered in accordance with their own guiding documents (sub-programme research agendas).


  • AIDEFFECT: Effect of Aid  
  • MALAWI: Democracy and Governance in Malawi
  • Gender-eq: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
  • TaxCapDev: Tax Havens, Capital Flows and Developing Countries
  • CGIAR-stip: CGIAR Fellowship Programme
  • GLOBMEK: Globalisation of the Environment, Energy and Climate Research
  • HUMPOL: Research on Humanitarian Policy 
  • ECONPOP: Research on Economic Growth Poverty Reduction, Reproductive   Health and Population Dynamics
  • POVPEACE: Poverty and Peace Research  
  • W-Balkan: Wester Balkan Countries Development Studies

The research programme Effect of Aid (AIDEFFECT) was established under the Norglobal umbrella 2013, and Norad has allocated NOK 30 million to this activity. The first call is published May 2013, and the deadline for submitting proposals is 4 September 2013. AIDEFFECT shall address development policy objectives over time and take an integrated approach to issues related to development assistance. The main focus of the research activity should be based on development assistance projects and programmes of a certain size. The research should put emphasis on experiences from Norwegian development assistance over the past 10 years. As a great deal of the assistance is channelled through international organisations, the impact of multilateral and bilateral assistance should be included as well.

AIDEFFECT’s primary objective is to contribute to a more knowledge-based development policy in Norway. It shall have a forward-looking perspective, offering policy recommendations on the basis of the experiences particularly of the past ten years. 

The goal of the activity is to produce new knowledge on the situation, the development and the challenges of democratic governance in Malawi. The research goal is to stimulate high quality research into issues of democratic governance in Malawi. The activity also aims at maintaining and strengthening research capacity in Norway and Malawi.

Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Development:
The aim is to increase the basic for knowledge within women’s rights and gender equality. Some funds can also support female researchers from the South’s participation in international research conferences and seminars, in any thematic area. One can also apply for support to organize events in this field. An important objective of this call is to strengthen research groups in the South.

TaxCapDev, Tax havens, capital flows and developing countries:
Having had its first call with deadline in April 2011, this is a rather new activity in the NORGLOBAL programme.

The goal of TaxCapDev is to create new knowledge on the challenges that tax havens and capital flows represent for developing countries. Of particular interest is research that addresses:
1) tax avoidance, tax evasion, and money laundering;
2) secrecy jurisdictions and illicit and unrecorded financial flows; and
3) international entities use of tax havens.

The main emphasis should be on how the existence of tax havens affects developing countries and how these problems may be mitigated

CGIAR Fellowships Programme:
CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a strategic alliance comprising several countries, organisations and private research funds. The 15 CGIAR research centers are conducting research within fisheries, forestry and agriculture-related activities in more than 100 countries. The primary objective of the CGIAR fellowship programme is to provide funding for young scientists that want to work at one of the 15 CGIAR centers. Through an agreement between Norad and the Research Council researchers from Norwegian institutions have been given the possibility to visit the CGIAR centers.
NOK 4 million are available to fund visits of primarily younger researchers from Norwegian research institutions.

GLOBMEK, Globalisation of the Environment, Energy and Climate Research: 
The funds allocated to research on globalisation of the environment, energy and climate shall contribute to strengthen the knowledge base in the South and Norway, and contribute to tackle long-term environmental issues and the commitments in relation to the Norwegian Action plan for Environment in Development Cooperation. The funds shall also contribute to strengthen the Norwegian institutions role as good global partners within this area. The NORGLOBAL/Globmek activity cooperates with relevant programmes by funding partners from South included in their projects.

HUMPOL, Research on Humanitarian Policy:
This new activity of 2011 under the NORGLOBAL umbrella is expected to have its first call for proposals in the autumn 2011. The programme is relevant for both the university sector and research institutes in Norway in collaboration with research institutes in the South and/or NGOs involved in humanitarian operations. It will focus on innovative, high quality academic and policy-oriented research. It will also be expected that the proposed projects be in accordance with the strategic plans of the institutions in question.

ECONPOP, Research on Economic Growth Poverty Reduction, Reproductive Health and Population Dynamics:
ECONPOP is launched in cooperation with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which will provide half of the funding. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Research Council of Norway’s (RCN) matching funds will provide the other half of the funding.

POVPEACE, Poverty and Peace Research:
Totally 140 millions has been granted to the POVPEACE activity for 2006-2013. The activity aims to strengthen Norwegian research within the areas of poverty reduction and peace building, reflecting the UN development goals. One part of the POVPEACE activity seeks to improve understanding of the politics, processes and mechanisms that lead to poverty, with particular focus on research that generates knowledge relevant for poverty reduction strategies, especially for those trapped in the worst forms of poverty in poor countries. The other part of the activity focuses on the relationship between violence, peace and development.

Western Balkan Countries Development Studies:
The aim of the Western Balkan Countries Development Studies is to provide insight into development challenges by supporting regional social science research in the Western Balkans that focus on sustainable economic development and institutional and democratic reforms important for the process in these countries’ Euro-Atlantic integration. Projects that study the effects of environmental changes in this region may be considered. PhDs and Post Docs from the Western Balkan Countries that cooperate closely with the Norwegian institutions can be included. The Western Balkan Countries Development Studies can support conferences and workshops that aim at networking between institutions from Norway and the Western Balkan Countries.

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