Sunday, January 19, 2020

Letter to the Editor

Consultants competed in open, competitive process

Norad responds to article in DT 3-4/15, “Law suit and deal making. How US lobby firms tap into Norwegian aid”.

Norad is currently entering into agreements with 35 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 16 countries. The goal is to reduce deforestation and mitigate climate change. The NGOs play an important role in the Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative. The selected NGOs have been through a tough competition. More than 500 applicants submitted concept notes. 52 NGOs were invited to submit a full proposal. The 35 NGOs were chosen because they have presented the most credible solutions to achieve one of the most complex goals of our time: Reducing climate change by protecting the world’s tropical forests.

Some of the NGOs have selected partners, or sub-grantees, to assist them, and Norad has reviewed the justification for partner selection. An article in Development Today, risks leaving the impression that two sub-grantees, Climate Advisers and Waxman Strategies, have not been part of this competition. They have taken part in the same, open process as all other sub-grantees. Out of a total of 300 million Norwegian Kroner a year designated for civil society support, Climate Advisers and Waxman will in total receive NOK 15.7 million, approximately 5 per cent of the total funding available. They will carry out important work on a non-profit basis. 

Svein Baera,
Civil Society Department,