Supply Capacity > Norway

Trade Capacity Building in Agro-industry Products - EAC

The project objective is to establish a mutually supportive national and regional mechanism to facilitate both inter and intra-regional trade in selected strategic food products such as fruits and vegetables, coffee and tea (especially for Rwadna and Burundi) as well as fish. The project will enhance the capacity of the five participating countries as a whole to participate in international trade, mainly through (1) the enhancement of enterprises’ capacity to produce according to international market requirements and through (2) the strengthening of export-oriented support services, mainly relating to conformity assessment. In particular, the project will enhance the institutional capacity and services of the participating countries to implement the WTO agreements on TBT and SPS. (UNIDO 2006 -2012) USD 5.14 million.

Support for Common Fund for Commodities (CFC)

In 2012 the CFC received funding of US$ 1.4 million from Norway for the financing of measures to improve competitiveness and increase the degree of processing of various raw materials that are produced in developing countries.

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Norwegian Oil for Development (OfD) Initiative

The OfD, drawing on the technical expertise that Norway has gained in its extensive experience in the oil and gas sectors, aims at assisting developing countries to manage their petroleum resources in a way that generates economic growth, promotes the welfare of the whole population and is environmentally sustainable. OfD takes a holistic approach in its institution and capacity building of public authorities in its partner countries, ensuring that resource, environmental and revenue management are regarded as one entity. Good governance, transparency and anti-corruption are both vital components in all the petroleum-related assistance the OfD offers. The OfD Initiative was launched in 2005. As of 2011, the OfD programme encompassed activities in a total of 22 countries located in Africa, Latin-America, the Middle-East and Asia. The funding of OfD activities for 2011 was approx. US$ 50.2 million.

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The Clean Energy for Development Initiative

Acknowledging that access to energy is a necessity in the fight against poverty and a prerequisite for economic development, the Clean Energy for Development Initiative was launched in 2007. Increased focus on energy issues and its importance in the climate agenda, coupled with a significant increase of funds allocated to energy related activities within Norwegian development aid, required better coordination of Norwegian efforts. The Clean Energy for Development Initiative brought this initiative about. The Clean Energy Development Initiative is accommodating the private sector in various ways. The main tools for direct support to the private sector are the funding mechanisms of Norfund and Norad. Public Private Partnerships are essential, and support is also given to infrastructure projects, capacity building, regulatory reforms and research projects to facilitate for private sector investments and improve the investment climate. The funds in the Initiative are allocated to seven core countries (Liberia, Uganda, Nepal, Mozambique, Tanzania, East Timor, Ethiopia). Total development assistance to clean energy in 2011 was approx. US$ 146.5 million. In addition to this come the funds allocated to Norfund, which in 2011 amounted to approx. US$ 117.2 million.

Regional programme for Africa - ITC-funded

These projects focus on product diversification, trade development, SADC agro-industry, etc. Total funding in 2008 and 2009 was US$ 1.75 million.

Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WED) – Phase II East Africa

This programme (phase I) was launched in 2009, implemented by Virke, the Enterprise Federation of Norway. It is a trade-related training programme which targets women’s organisations in East Africa with the aim of assisting women entrepreneurs to develop business plans, including codes of conduct; implement new management routines, including the creation of new internal communication strategies; and develop new products and/or new packaging. Phase II is expected to begin in 2012.

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Development and Gender Equality − Southern Africa

This programme is implemented by the ILO and aims to improve market access for women. The total funding allocated by Norway in 2011 was close to USD 1.7 million.

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Better Work and Standards Programme – Bangladesh

Co-funding with: EU (€ 15.0 million) and Bangladesh Government (€ 5.0 million in kind)

Request for Norwegian funding € 1.24 million /UNIDO)

The programme has three components: i) Better Quality Infrastructure (BQI) : details are provided under the category Compliance Infrastructure and Services; ii) Better Fisheries Quality (BFQ): details are provided under the category Compliance Infrastructure and Services; iii) Better Work in Textiles and Garments (BWTG): (details are provided under the category Supply Capacity) aims to strengthen overall competitiveness in the textile and ready made garment (RMG) sector and to improve the working conditions of the textile and RMG sector, leading to the expansion of the sector and the creation of better employment opportunities (UNIDO 2010 -2014) US$ 1.9 million