Porteføljeanalysen for Global utvikling og internasjonale relasjoner

Trends in society, business and professional development that influence investment decisions

Norwegian foreign, security and development policy must be knowledge-based, and ongoing capability to adjust policy in response to significant global change is vital. Norway’s values are enduring, but political choices and actions must match the very real challenges that arise. The main objective in The research strategy for the Ministry of foreign affairs and The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation 2017–2024 is that "Norway’s research initiatives in the areas of foreign, security and development policy help to overcome global challenges and promote knowledge-based policy-making". This entails the pursuit of the following goals:

  1. Intensified production and communication of relevant, high-quality research-based knowledge with potential to help resolve global challenges.
  2. Norwegian research institutions have extensive expertise in the fields of foreign, security and development policy, and cooperate with leading international researchers and partners in developing countries.
  3. Relevant research-based knowledge is made available to, and used by, decision-makers.
  4. Stronger research capacity in developing countries.

As stated in the Strategy for research and development for the defence sector (only available in Norwegian), the goal of R&D in the defence sector is to provide a solid and timely knowledge base for the development of the defined sector in order to ensure relevant operational capability and long-term sustainability. R&D in security policy shall contribute knowledge and understanding about Norway's foreign and security policy environment. Research in this field focuses on international developments, developments in Norway's neighbouring areas, Norwegian and Allied security interests, various threats to the state and society, international law and international framework conditions for the development and practice of Norwegian security and foreign policy.

It is important to stimulate long-term and valuable knowledge of foreign and security policy, development policy and international issues of an empirical and theoretical nature. These may be related to global, regional, national or local conditions. They must be seen in the context of the government's goals of combating poverty, promoting human rights and democracy, education, contributing to global growth and job creation, sustainable environmental management, mitigate energy deficiency, climate change and disease control. These are major global challenges affecting millions of people and all parts of the world both directly and indirectly, and the international situation and its development not only have consequences for foreign, security and development policy, but also for national policy. Combined with the complexity of modern society, this global interconnectedness makes Norway vulnerable. Research is needed to strengthen and safeguard Norway's security, freedom, economy and welfare in a world of great contradictions and where international cooperation is put under pressure.

Key documents which constitute the basis for priorities within the portfolio are the white papers Meld. St. 4 (2018–2019) Long-term plan for research and higher education 2019–2028 (of particular relevance is the cross cutting perspective related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the priority area Societal Security and Social Cohesion in a Globalised World), Meld. St. 27 (2018–2019) Norway’s Role and Interests in Multilateral Cooperation, Meld. St. 36 (2016–2017) Setting the course for Norwegian foreign and security policy, Meld. St. 24 (2016–2017) – Common Responsibility for Common Future, Health and Care 21-strategy (only available in Norwegian) along with the executive strategy for The Research Council of Norway (the new is yet to be finalised), in addition to the annual allotment letters from the ministries.

The ministries' allocations to the Research Council should, in particular, contribute to the achievement of the goals Improving scientific quality and Meeting major societal challenges. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a sector responsibility for areas related to foreign and development policy. This entails, among other things, a national responsibility for making available funds that ensure competent Norwegian knowledge environments in the fields that are important for Norwegian foreign and security policy. This includes promoting long-term production of knowledge of foreign policy and international affairs, as well as knowledge that can contribute to poverty reduction and development and to achieving the sustainability goals. The research will also contribute to safeguarding Norwegian foreign policy interests.