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Women and Gender

Aiming at strengthening the participation of women in research and knowledge development, with focus on increased participation by female researchers and the thematic areas related to women's issues.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has asked Norad to strengthen efforts aimed at reaching the target set out in Proposition No.1 to the Storting (the Fiscal Budget) (2007-2008) on strengthening the participation of women in research and knowledge development. This refers to both increased participation by female researchers and to the need for a greater focus on thematic areas related to women’s issues.

This focus should be an integral component of the design of new programmes and the allocation of funding to new projects. The MFA/Norad has pledged NOK 14 million per year to research on women and gender, depending on allocations given each year.

According to the MFA/ Norad 60 per cent of the funding (NOK 8.5 million) is to be used for cooperation partners in the South, while 40 per cent (NOK 5.5 million) is to be used on research groups in Norway. The objective is to strengthen research groups in the South.

The participation of Norwegian research groups in projects with the South is necessary in order to achieve optimum capacity building in the South. External funding is therefore needed to strengthen the Norwegian effort. This will also ensure a higher level of quality in the projects. The NORGLOBAL  programme  may issue calls for proposals in cooperation with other programmes at the Research Council.


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