School chlidren in Jambalo, Cauca-province, Colombia. Many of the children have to travel far to get to school. NRC supports the building of a new room where the children can do homework. The Nasa people remain in the crossfire as fighting rages between the army and guerrilla forces. Photo: NRC/Tuva Raanes Bogsnes
Read caption COLOMBIA: 2014, School chlidren in Jambalo, Cauca-province, Colombia. Many of the children have to travel far to get to school. In cooperation with Sida, NRC supports the building of a new room where the children can do homework and with equipment, like this schoolbags. The Nasa people remain in the crossfire as fighting rages between the army and guerrilla forces. Photo: NRC/Tuva Raanes Bogsnes

NRC signing agreement with Sida

Roald Høvring|Published 17. Mar 2017|Edited 21. Mar 2017
Today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) signed a three years framework agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The agreement is for 2017-2019. The total initial amount for 2017 is 205,5 million SEK, which is 25 per cent higher than in 2016.

“Sida keeps on leading by example in regards to Good Humanitarian Donorship and NRC is very thankful for this renewal of trust and very positive about the increased flexibility in the agreement”, says NRC Secretary General, Jan Egeland.

The agreement includes 40 million SEK for Rapid Respond Mechanism to allow NRC to immediately respond to new crises with lifesaving activities. It also includes support to thematic projects serving the wider NGO communities, such as ACAPS (The Assessment Capacities Project) and IDMC (The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).

Flexible funding

Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government. The new framework agreement makes NRC the largest humanitarian NGO partner for Sida.
Sida is the first donor which agreed – in this new agreement – to allocate NRC “core funding” at the country level, with funding no longer being linked to a concrete project.

“This is highly welcomed as it will allow NRC full flexibility to address changing needs in a country and it will lead to simplified proposals and reporting, fully in line with Sweden’s commitments to the Grand Bargain”, says Jan Egeland.

Today NRC is running Sida funded projects in 18 countries.

Read how NRC, with funding from Sida, was assisting Afghans returning home.