The Norad call ”Enterprise Development for Jobs” is open for proposals. The overriding goal of the grant scheme is to reduce poverty by private sector development in developing countries. In addition, it aims to stimulate projects that increase access to renewable energy, which thereby contribute to job creation and poverty reduction.



The tender programme is now open. The deadline for proposals is the 11th of September 2018. Refer to our calls page for a selection of open calls.



The minimum grant size is NOK 500,000 (~EUR 50,000). There is no defined maximum grant size, but historically seen grants go up to NOK 2,000,000 (EUR 200,000). Norad requires a 50% contribution of the project budget. 


Project focus
The grant scheme only funds activities related to the preparatory phase of an investment that limit commercial risk before investment decision. Eligible activities include but are not limited to pre-feasibility studies, partner search, trial production, training of local staff, strengthening of local suppliers in the value chain, and local infrastructure investments related to the company’s investment in production capacity.


All sectors can apply. However, projects in the following sectors will be given priority:


  • Energy, defined as 1) renewable energy and 2) local suppliers of goods and services related to the oil and gas sector
  • Agriculture, including agro-processing
  • Fish and marine resources
  • Maritime sector
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)


Target countries 

Funding will be prioritized to projects in the eight focus countries:


  • Ethiopia, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal and Tanzania


Eligible applicants

Potential grant recipients are Norwegian and foreign private sector companies with the ability to create new private sector jobs. Also, companies (producers) that increase access to renewable energy in developing countries are eligible for funding. 



Applicants need to submit their proposal in an online portal. Proposals will be assessed on a competitive basis. 


Why Advance Consulting 

Advance Consulting has successfully assisted companies from Mozambique and Nepal in developing project proposals for funding from Norad. We can also guide you with developing a winning proposal, from the initial assessment of your project idea up to the approval of the Norad application. Contact Suzana Djodjo ( for further information on the Enterprise Development for Jobs programme.   


Eligible countries on a map

A visual view of the eligible countries for the Enterprise Development for Jobs programme.