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Norwegian Helsinki Committee

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee plays a central role in coordinating information-sharing and promoting bilateral cooperation between civil society organisations in Norway and the beneficiary countries.

NGO programmes worth €147 million are being established in all 15 beneficiary countries under the EEA Grants. NGOs are also eligible for funding under many of the other EEA and Norway Grants programmes.

Strengthening bilateral relations between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in donor and beneficiary countries is important. Partnerships are encouraged in both NGO programmes and projects. Given the sheer size of the Norwegian voluntary sector – consisting of 115 000 non-governmental and non-profit organisations –  the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contracted the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) to facilitate contact and cooperation between NGOs in the 15 beneficiary countries and Norway.

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation which monitors compliance with the human rights provisions of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) within all OSCE signatory states and supports initiatives to strengthen democracy and civil society.

Engaging Norwegian civil society 

NHC keeps Norwegian civil society informed about the NGO programmes in all the 15 beneficiary countries. The human rights NGO also serves as a point of contact for Norwegian NGOs interested in participating in partnership projects. To facilitate partnerships, NHC manages the website where NGOs from the beneficiary countries may search for relevant partners in Norway.

NHC is also responsible for recruiting and organising participation by Norwegian NGOs at launch conferences for the NGO programmes in the beneficiary countries. In addition, the NHC arrange conferences and seminars on topics relevant for the NGO programmes.

NHC cooperates closely with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian embassies, programme operators, donor programme partners and the Financial Mechanism Office.


For further information about the role of the NHC and how they may help facilitate partnership projects, see the website or contact:

Project Coordinator: Csilla Czimbalmos
Telephone: (+47) 93 28 43 04