In June 2015 the Norwegian Government launched the White Paper Working together which describes how Norway will intensify its efforts to promote a sound private sector development in developing countries, and establishes new schemes for public–private partnerships.
As a follow up of the White Paper, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) on 8 September 2016 launched two funding schemes. The purpose of the available funding is to create jobs in developing countries and to ensure that youth have the skills that are in demand in the labor market.
Enterprise Development for Jobs is a new grant scheme that aims to contribute to job creation in developing countries by stimulating the establishment of new business enterprises or expansion of existing ones. For more information about the grant scheme and how you can apply for funding, click here.
Building Skills for Jobs is a new program that seeks to help youth and young adults to acquire the skills that are in demand in the labor market in developing countries, or to make it possible for them to create their own workplace. Technical and Vocational Education and Training are crucial parts of this program. For more information about the program and how you can apply for funding, click here.