The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is merging the Department for Civil Society with the Department for Private Sector Development in order to enable the agency to view various grant programs more holistically. The merge is a part of the wider organizational reform of Norwegian official development assistance which came into effect on February 1, 2020.
In the spring of 2020, Norad will announce a call for strategic partnerships on business development and hopes to encourage cooperation between private sector and civil society actors. Norad, with its newly appointed Director-General Bård Vegar Solhjell, has identified the need for continued growth across the African continent and will, therefore, be focusing efforts on job creation there. Norad is urging Norwegian businesses to enter partnerships with local businesses in various African countries to join in on the efforts.