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The Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) supports partnership-based academic cooperation between researchers and institutions in developing countries and their partners in Norway focusing on research, education, capacity building and institutional development.

The programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and managed by SIU. 

The goal of the NUFU Programme is to support the development of sustainable capacity and competence for research and research-based higher education in developing countries relevant to national development and poverty reduction, and to contribute to enhanced academic collaboration in the South and between South and North. 

The Final Report from the fourth and last NUFU programme period (2007-2012) is available under 'Publications'. 

The NUFU Programme will be finalised in 2013 and is replaced by the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED), which is administered by Norad. 

Programme status

In total, the NUFU Programme have supported 69 projects of five-six years duration as well as a number of short term projects. This includes five projects supported by NUFU Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and four projects supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam through the Tanzania-Norway NUFU Programme. 34 institutions in Africa and Asia have participated in the NUFU cooperation, as well as 11 Norwegian institutions. All projects except the five projects supported by NUFU Women's Rights and Gender Equality were finalised in 2011 and 2012. The last five projects will be completed in 2013. 

The scheme for Supplementing Activities has provided supplementary support to NUFU-projects in the fourth period of the NUFU Programme (2007-2012).

Details about all projects supported by the NUFU Programme can be found in SIU’s online project database.