NORHED SUNREM-Himalaya Project

"Sustainable natural resource management for climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region"

About NORHED SUNREM-Himalaya Project

1. General Overview of NORHED

Higher education and research are priority areas of Norway’s development cooperation policy. Norad believes that sound, strategic investments in higher education and research in low and middle income countries (LMICs) pay off in the form of strong academic institutions and their societal en-gagement. Such investments have many benefits, not least that they contribute to development of their countries’ intellectual resources, competent workforces, visionary leaders, gender equality and human rights. In the long run it also contributes to evidence-based policies and decisions that en-hance sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

Institutions for higher education and research in LMICs face difficulties in providing quality and rele-vance of learning and research, retaining staff and ensuring adequate working environments and career prospects. This happens in a world that is changing rapidly in ways that often affect low-income countries the most, also in the higher education and research sectors, and which calls for closer and better cooperation between higher education institutions across borders.

More young men and women graduate from primary and secondary education than ever before. Countries are struggling to keep apace in producing and retaining the vital academic workforce to sustain future generations of graduates and researchers.

NORHED is a new Norad programme designed to stimulate productive South-North collaboration. It is intended to strengthen the institutional capacity and performance of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the South to deliver quality education and research. This may also include capacity building within system development, administration and infrastructure, with due attention to gender balance considerations

The program will complement Norad’s specific support to research projects through the Research Council of Norway and other mechanisms.

NORHED draws heavily on the findings and recommendations from the external evaluation of the NUFU and NOMA programs. It is merging the two programmes and moving capacity-building beyond individual students and researchers to address the broader institutional environment. NORHED has been developed on the basis of a broad domestic and international consultative process.

NORHED is organised in thematic sub-programmes with a possibility of defining specific geographic priority areas. Attention will be given to thematic areas of high political priority where Norway has a strong comparative advantage and/or can make a special contribution in collaboration with part-ners.

Under NORHED, five thematic areas and one geographic area have been selected for special target-ing for education-research improvement work. The sub-programme area to be prioritised will be subject to revisions as needed. These six areas are defined as NORHED sub-programmes, and are:

1• Education and training
2• Health
3• Natural resource management, climate change and environment
4• Democratic and economic governance
5• Humanities, culture, media and communication
6• Capacity development in South Sudan

Norad’s Masterprogram “Petroleum and Energy” administered by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) complements the NORHED portfolio.

Each of these six sub-programmes is presented in more detail in Annex 1.

NORHEDs objective is to contribute to capacity building for higher education and research in low and middle income countries. The main countries for long-term bilateral collaboration are: Burundi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in Africa; Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East Timor in Asia; and the Palestin-ian Territories in the Middle East. Inclusion of relevant partners in the regions is encouraged. Fur-thermore, other geographic priorities may be listed under the sub-programmes reflecting the the-matic focus of the programme. The list is not exclusive. Other countries or regions may be granted NORHED funding where the project is particularly relevant to NORHED’s overall objectives.

2. General Intervention Areas

NORHED is intended to be responsive to higher education sector priorities of partner countries. Ap-plications must be based on needs and priorities identified by the partner institution(s) in the LMIC(s), and must be linked to government policies and priorities at national and/or regional level. The process of identifying the areas of cooperation must be documented in the application, and be confirmed by institutional leaders at all partner institutions. This includes the elements of the pro-posed projects (education programmes, research projects, outreach activities, institutional devel-opment measures) as well as the thematic and disciplinary approaches.

The areas of cooperation may also preferably be in line with priority areas for Norwegian develop-ment cooperation in the respective country, and represent areas where Norway has a strong com-parative advantage and/or can make a significant academic contribution. Gender sensitiveness cuts through and is a basic concern throughout the project cycle. The Norwegian Embassy in the respec-tive country may contribute in the identification of relevant areas of cooperation, and will be invited to assess the applications with a view to Norwegian development cooperation priorities.

It is a clear intention in the short- to medium-term to achieve synergy with other Norwegian-funded programmes similar in scope and objectives (i.e. strengthening of higher education institutions in the South) under NORHED. Synergies with programmes/projects financed by other coun-tries/organisations will be encouraged.

Based on a needs assessment in the relevant country, NORHED projects may include institutional capacity building elements like joint Norwegian-South research, competence building of staff through Master, PhD and Post Doc fellowships, administrative and small scale infrastructure strengthening, and initiatives to increase access to higher education. The projects must also aim to build and launch Master (and if needed Bachelor) programs responsive to needs in the LMIC, that should be possible to sustain at the LMIC institution after the NORHED funding has come to an end. Education programmes must focus on the long-term need for capacity building in the South, and the recruitment from the South region to the education programmes must be ensured.

The range of interventions potentially eligible for NORHED support is broad with some degree of flexibility as long as project outputs meaningfully contribute to defined higher level outcomes and longer-term impacts. Typical interventions that can be considered for support are shown in the following table:



3. Goals and result management

3.1 Results

The programme goal is to strengthen capacity in higher education institutions in LMIC to contribute to a) a more and better qualified workforce, b) increased knowledge, c) evidence-based policy and decision-making and d) enhanced gender equality. The ultimate goal is sustainable economic, social and environmental development in low and middle income countries.

By increased capacity it is meant strengthened capacity for institutions in the South to educate more and better qualified candidates, and to increased quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’ own researchers.

The outcome level in the NORHED programme is the strengthening of higher education institutions in low and middle income countries within six identified areas. Strengthening of higher education institutions refers to:

1. Producing more and better research relevant to the identified areas/sub-programmes
2. Producing more and better qualified graduates, men and women 1,relevant to the identified areas/sub-programmes

It is expected that NORHED projects will contribute to strengthening both education and research capacities at the institutions. Both research and education components shall be included in the pro-jects.

NORHED takes a holistic approach to capacity-building and strengthening of HEIs by supporting a range of output-producing activities intended to be combined in the best way possible to produce sustainable results in the long run. NORHED outputs and activities are to be organized under 6 main categories:

1. Programs: Increased and strengthened education and research programs.
2. Systems: Strengthened education and research systems.
3. Infrastructure: Improved institutional infrastructure for education and research (including supplies and equipment, but not buildings).
4. People: Increased capacity and competence of all staff and students2.
5. Gender: Improved gender balance and gender focus in all education and research programmes.
6. Methods: Enhanced methods for effective and high quality teaching and research.


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