The Sogn and Fjordane University College campus at Fosshaugane, SogndalThe Sogn and Fjordane University College campus at Fosshaugane, Sogndal

A total of 22 Zambians recently received their visas and are off to Norway for studies starting the new semester in August. The young Zambians are looking forward to a year or more of professional studies and learning in an environment quite different from Zambia, where the winter is cold and dark, and food habits do not include daily intake of nshima.

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The Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) welcomes Zambian companies, professionals and business people to the Norwegian-African Business Summit 2014 "Mapping the African Infrastructure Landscape" - October 30th 2014, at the Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo, Norway

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Norwegians skiing in Lusaka on their National Day: Lusaka vs. Livingstone sports volunteers, with Ambassador Ofstad as referee

On Saturday 17th May, the Norwegian National Day was celebrated in style at the Ambassador’s residence. Norwegians in Zambia and the Embassy staff with family met to mark the signing of the Norwegian Constitution, which happened on the 17th May exactly 200 years ago. The day was filled with fun and festivities, but it was also a day of remembrance and appreciation for the people who laid the...

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Heritage singers entertaining the guests at the official reception for Norway's National Day (Constitution Day). L-R: Heritage Singers, Minister Counsellor Mr. Torfinn Arntsen, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Housing, Hon. Nicholas Banda and The Norwegian Ambassador Arve Ofstad.

Norway’s National Day is celebrated each year to commemorate the signing of the country’s constitution on 17th May 1814. This year it is exactly 200 years ago. Ambassador Arve Ofstad focussed on Norway’s Constitution, and made reference to Zambia’s constitutional process. Zambia’s Deputy Minister for Local Government and Housing Nicholas Banda underlined the positive relations between the two...

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Around 150 parliamentarians and members of Public Accounts Committees from Southern and Eastern Africa gathered in Lusaka from 12 – 15 May 2014 under the theme: “Enhance public accountability and transparency in the management of natural resources – Role of Public Accounts Committees (PACs)”. On 14 may the Norwegian Embassy and Actionaid participated in a debate on the theme: “Utilizing power o...

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Farmers handing in snares to show that they are committed to abandon livelihoods destructive to their natural resources. Handing in a certain amount of snares is also one of the criteria farmers can fulfill in order to get a higher price for their goods when they sell to COMACO. As better resource management lead to better yields, and higher incomes, the COMACO models creates a virtuous circle. 
Photo: COMACO.

The Norwegian Government signed a new agreement with Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) to support a five-year program, “COMACO Scale up Phase III”, on 07 April 2014. The program will run from 2014 to 2019.  The total amount of the support is NOK 70 million (Norwegian Kroner seventy million) approximately USD 11, 797,000. COMACO Strategic Plan 2014-2018 is the third phase of this...

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Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Arve Ofstad

Norway has been actively supporting Zambia’s development efforts since 1967, and the first Norad development cooperation office was opened in 1971.

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Eight Norwegian Youth Leaders met with representatives of China, Brazil, Finland and Sweden to dialogue on different approaches to aid and economic relations. From left: Nina Strandberg (emb Sweden), Andreas Hasle (Socialist Left Youth), Ingrid Dahl (Green Youth), James Birch (Gates Foundation), Erling Laugsand (Centre Party Youth), Zhou Yuxiao (China’s Ambassador), Mauri Starckman (Emb Finland), Arve Ofstad (Norway’s Ambassador), Kristian Riise (Young Conservatives), Tord Hustveit (Young Liberals), Eskild Pedersen (Labour Party Youth), Himanshu Gulati (Progress Party Youth), and Emil Erstad (Young Christian Democrats).

The Youth Leaders of Norway’s eight political parties represented in Parliament (The Storting) visited Zambia from 13th to 18th April, in order to learn more about development challenges and the role of development aid in practice. The young politicians were invited by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, while the programme in Zambia was undertaken in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy.

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The opening of the tournament with participants from the local teams, coaches and judges from Skjeberg and representatives from Bauleni United sports Academy.

For the 8th year in a row, Skjeberg College from Norway facilitated a youth football tournament in Bauleni, Lusaka, in cooperation with Bauleni United sports Academy. The tournament took place on Saturday 29.03.14, and was a great success. 36 teams – both boys and girls – participated and even the Zambia National Team Coach stopped by to enjoy the festivities.

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Vernon Chinene, soil professor and conservation farmer. 
Photo: Hans Peter Melby.

The congress, which took place in Lusaka from 18 to 21 March, gathered participants from around Africa and beyond. The fact that it took place in Zambia is a proof that this country has been a leader in spreading conservation agriculture (CA) to African smallholder farmers.

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