ADRA Norway among seven organizations chosen for Plus Partnership by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad

By Gry Haugen, Communication Director, ADRA Norway

ADRA Norway has been given a status which means simpler application process and closer follow-up in its co-operation with Norwegian aid authorities. ADRA Norway is one of the first seven aid organisations in Norway approved to work within a new cooperation model with Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.

Plus Partnership is the name of the new cooperation model that will ensure a simpler application process for development projects, closer follow-up during the implementation phase and greater flexibility in the face of changing conditions both geopolitically and in the project countries. ‘The aim of the Plus Partner model is to free up time for strategic co-operation, thus ensuring better and more effective aid,’ Norad writes on its website.

‘ADRA’s Plus Partnership with Norad applies to our work in the field of education,’ says Birgit Philipsen, Secretary General of ADRA Norway. ‘Education is ADRA Norway’s special area of expertise, and this agreement gives us great flexibility as we also embark a new five-year programme agreement.’

Other organisations with Plus partnerships are Save the Children Norway, NCA – Norwegian Church Aid, NPA – Norwegian People’s Aid, NRC – Norwegian Refugee Council, Care Norway and Stromme Foundation.

Secretary General Erik Lunde from Stromme Foundation, emphasised the importance of processes like thisfor furthering development effectiveness. ‘In an unstable world, trust and flexibility have become more important,’ he added. ADRA, represented by Secretary General Philipsen, emphasised the importance of civil society’s role in engaging with communities at the grassroots level and reaching those who need us most.

The Norad Plus Partnership model has been developed after extensive consultation between Norad and civil society organisations. It is intended for large civil society organisations that meet certain criteria relating to funding volume, implementation capacity, strategic focus, organizational systems, and professional expertise.

Norad’s Director General Bård Vegar Solhjell, praised Minister of International Development Anne Beathe Tvinnereim for her direction, drive and capacity. ‘Our ambition at Norad is to think even more holistically,’ he said – and hoped for further political interest and commitment.

The purpose of the Plus Partner model is to make the administration of Norad and its partners more efficient. Aid should be knowledge-based, flexible and innovative.

The Plus Partner Agreement is initially valid for five years.

Seven NGOs have been included in the Plus Partnership model of Norad, the Norwegian agency for development cooperation. The announcement was made in Oslo on May 27, 2024. From left: Secretary General Erik Lunde of Stromme Foundation, Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten of Norwegian Church Aid, Minister of International Development Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Ann Stewart Pedersen of Save the Children, Secretary General Birgit Philipsen of ADRA Norway, Executive Director Field Operations i Norwegian Refugee Council Magnhild Vasset of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Secretary General Raymond Johansen of Norwegian People’s Aid, Kaj-Martin Georgsen of Care Norway and Bård Vegar Solhjell, Director General of Norad, the Norwegian agency for development cooperation.

Photo: Synnøve Aasland / Norad (CC BY-NC-ND).

Photo: In a society of early and arranged marriages, Napim and her friends most of all want to stay in school to learn. Education is an important cornerstone for development and sustainable societies. Here from one of ADRA’s Norad-supported projects in South Sudan.

Photo, South Sudan: ADRA | Frank Spangler

This article was originally published on the website of ADRA Norway.