Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development

This website contains the NORHED projects in collaboration with Oslo Metropolitan University.



Building Inclusive Education in Nepal


Climate Change Energy Sustainability


Midwifery Research and Education Development


Regional Programme for the Strengthening of Indigenous, Intercultural and Communitarian Higher Education and Research in Colombia and Abya Yala

NORHED II is the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development. NORHED aims to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in developing countries to produce higher-quality graduates, more and higher-quality research, and more inclusive higher education.


Higher education and research are priority areas of Norway’s development cooperation policy. Sound, strategic investments in higher education and research lay the foundation for development of countries’ intellectual resources, competent workforces, visionary leaders, gender equality, human rights and democracy.

Higher education institutions also play an important role in ensuring evidence-based policies and practices, which are key for the structural transformation required to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda).

Norad supports university partnerships for North-South-South academic collaboration, as outlined in the NORHED Programme Document.

NORHED intends to be responsive to the higher education sector priorities of developing countries and should be linked to government policies and priorities at national and/or regional level. Projects must be based on partner institutions’ identification of needs and contextual relevance.

The programme period is 2021-2026. Projects may be for either a three-year or a six-year period.