Securing a stable and diverse income base is important for NCA to achieve impact in our work with partners and rights-holders around the world. Despite an ambition to prioritise efforts for diversification, due to several factors, NCA’s total turnover in 2018 was approximately NOK 928 million (USD 115 million), a slight decrease compared to 2017 figures. This was a mainly due to a 7% reduction in funding from private donors and a 3.5% decrease in international institutional funding grants, although there was a slight (1%) increase in support from Norwegian Government funding channels.
The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) was positive towards NCA’s response to the Rohingya crisis. This resulted in a EUR 1.2 million (USD 1.4 million) grant for integrated GBV, sexual and reproductive health and WASH services in Bangladesh. NCA also successfully secured a grant from ECHO as the lead for projects in Pakistan. Efforts were undertaken to improve relationships with donors, especially ECHO, with several staff attending the ECHO Partner meeting and European Days, meeting Desk Officers in Brussels, and engaging local Technical Assistants in the field. With greater coordination in Oslo, NCA supported several country offices and missions in late 2018 to conduct needs assessments and design projects, which culminated in the most applications ever submitted to ECHO (six). NCA’s Framework Partnership agreement with ECHO was also extended until the end of 2020.
There is increasing interest from UN agencies to collaborate with NCA. Several country offices received support from UN agencies for their humanitarian response as well as development work, for example to counter Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Ethiopia. Building on the relationship with USAID, a new project in Sudan was approved for support by the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), in addition to support for the global WASH cluster Field Support Team (FST). In addition to strengthening efforts to diversify funding for NCA’s humanitarian response, several applications for NCA’s development programming were submitted to international donors and received positively. NCA was able to secure a new EUR 1.2 million (USD 1.4 million) grant in Angola, under the democracy and human rights scheme of EuropeAid. A large application (EUR 9 million/USD 10 million) to counter GBV in 12 districts of Zambia over a five-year period, was submitted to EuropeAid and made it to the final round, and was granted in early 2019. NCA was successful in securing NOK 21.2 million (USD 2.6 million) for a long-term grant in Malawi from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
In Norway, NCA made an extra effort to increase the number of regular sponsors. This resulted in record-high recruitment of new sponsors and increased NCA’s annual income from regular donors to NOK 67.3 million (USD 8.3 million), which is a new record. Most sponsors were recruited through our annual summer campaign in which teams of recruiters travelled all over Norway to present NCA’s work. We also tested a number of new initiatives and channels, including an exciting pilot campaign based on door-to-door recruitment.
NCA appreciates the collaboration and contributions from our institutional donors. This support enables NCA to deliver on our goals in our global programmes and reach millions of men, women, boys and girls in NCA’s focus countries and responses. In 2018, these donors included, among others: