Norwegian Church Aid focuses on building relations with international donors.
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) receives funding for its programmes from various international donors, in addition to funding from Norway.
NCA’s total turnover in 2017 was approx. NOK 954 million, an increase of almost 10% compared to 2016 figures. This was a result of higher income figures across the board, more international institutional funding grants, increased funding from Norwegian Government channels and greater funding from private donors. 18.4% of NCA’s 2017 turnover was from non-Norwegian grants, or in absolute terms NOK 175 million, up from NOK 154 million in 2016. These positive developments, both in terms of turnover and funding diversification, are due to increased resources dedicated to securing institutional funding, and the expansion of the humanitarian programme, including a stronger focus on gender-based violence in emergencies (GBViE).
Key achievements in securing a broader institutional donor portfolio include a new partnership with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), positioning NCA to secure USAID funding opportunities, including from OFDA and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM). NCA also supported several country offices in conducting needs assessments, which culminated in applications to the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) and securing a second ECHO grant for Pakistan. ECHO is also supporting an NCA response in Bangladesh to GBV survivors from the Rohingya community.
Feedback from donors has helped NCA to strengthen its financial planning, with long-term plans for capacity building of country offices. As NCA’s humanitarian programme responded to several crises in Africa and Asia, there is increasing interest from UN agencies to collaborate with NCA. UNICEF’s head-office WASH team visited NCA in 2017, and a discussion about a global agreement with UNICEF is underway. The ramifications of these achievements are expected to span beyond 2017 and to further bolster NCA’s funding situation in the coming years.
NCA is grateful for the important contribution these donors give to our programmes. Some of them are recognised here: