NOK 50 million to innovation for combating poverty

Published under: Solberg's Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today launched a new competitive funding scheme that will provide up to NOK 50 million annually to innovative solutions that can help to combat poverty by 2030.

Under the scheme, research and educational institutions, civil society organisations, the Norwegian business sector, NGOs and others who have particularly promising projects in the field of health and education can apply for funding. The funding scheme is part of the Government’s efforts to follow up the national innovation initiative Vision 2030. Today, the Vision 2030 Conference is being held in Trondheim, with 400 participants.

‘If we are to achieve the ambitious goal of eradicating all extreme poverty in the world by 2030, we need an innovative approach to health and education. We need to find new solutions, new technology and new ways of doing things. This is a global effort, and Norway has an excellent basis for making a contribution, as the Vision 2030 initiative shows,’ Mr Brende said, speaking from Trondheim.

The Government launched the global health and education initiative Vision 2030 in 2014. Since then, more than 100 project proposals have been submitted, and thirty of these are being discussed at the Vision 2030 Conference in Trondheim on 2-3 March. The proposals range from new methods of helping children in conflict-affected areas manage stress, to internet applications that serve a range of purposes in the fields of health and education. The proposals also include innovative technology, such as solar-cell lamps that also charge mobile phones.

‘I am impressed by the quality and originality of the proposals that have been submitted. We have excellent expertise in Norway. We hope that the new funding scheme will encourage even more people to participate in the national innovation initiative, and that it will help to ensure that the best solutions can be developed more quickly,’ Mr Brende said.

Mr Brende’s speech at the conference is available here (Norwegian only).