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August 18, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Statkraft awards NOK 5 million to climate and development projects

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Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:02am EDT

(Oslo, 18. august 2011) Statkraft has awarded a total of NOK 5 million to Norwegian Church Aid, Renewable World, Norwegian People’s Aid, Energiråd Innlandet, Grane Næringsutvikling and the Ny-Ålesund Symposium. The donation takes place through the Statkraft Fund.

– This year’s awards reflect the diversity of national and international energy and climate projects. This is in line with Statkraft’s efforts to fight climate change and develop more renewable energy in Norway, Europe and the rest of the world, says CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen of Statkraft.

Norwegian Church Aid will receive a total of NOK 1.5 million for two projects. One of the projects will focus on the development and operation of small-scale hydro power plants in Laos. The other project offers farmers in Vietnam clean energy, better sanitation and effective management of agricultural waste through biogas plants.



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Norwegian Church Aid has worked in Laos since the beginning of the 1990s. Today, the focus of our work is on gender justice and economic justice.

Kirkens Nødhjelp i Laos

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) was established in 1975 in the wake of decades of civil war and heavy involvement in the larger Indochina war. Despite enjoying a period of relative peace since its founding, and more recent significant economic gains, Laos remains one of the the poorest countries in Asia. Many of the poorest districts are located in the country’s northwest, which is home to a primarily indigenous population and characterised by limited access to basic services.

Laos is increasingly experiencing the effects of its location in the middle of a rapidly developing Southeast Asia. These include increased trafficking, the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, the effects of climate change and the development of a market economy.

Norwegian Church Aid implements programmes in cooperation with national government agencies and local communities to ensure development of local capacity and responsiveness to local needs. The government has recently approved the establishment of local associations in Laos, and Norwegian Church Aid will also support this process. Our projects are implemented primarily in the northwestern and southern provinces.

Our work

Livelihood and trade: Norwegian Church Aid has worked in the mountainous areas of northwestern Laos for 20 years to improve indigenous communities’ livelihoods and access to social services. This work will continue with a focus on providing opportunities for income generation and access to credit and markets. We will also assist communities in sustainable management of local natural resources.

Climate change adaptation: Norwegian Church Aid has documented the effects of climate change in our programme areas, especially on the poorest people who are less able to recover from climate-related stresses. This new programme will work to strengthen indigenous people’s resilience to a changing climate and will be closely linked to food security initiatives under the ‘Livelihood and trade’ programme.

Social mitigation of HIV and AIDS: Norwegian Church Aid will continue to provide care and support to people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. We will also create awareness in affected communities to combat stigmatisation and discrimination, especially towards children living with or orphaned by the disease. The closely linked issues of gender-based violence, high-risk behaviour and HIV/STI prevalence in some communities will also be addressed.

Gender-based violence: Norwegian Church Aid will continue to build on its ten years of experience in ending human trafficking and promoting safe migration in Laos. Domestic violence, especially in indigenous communities, will also be addressed through culturally-sensitive forms of advocacy. We will draw on national laws and international conventions developed to address gender-based violence as part of this work.

Access to quality health care: Norwegian Church Aid will continue to work to ensure that the health situation in local communities is improved by developing the capacity of local health volunteers, clinics and government health services. More focus will be placed on the rights of women and children, particularly those related to domestic violence and maternal health. Improvement of community water and sanitation facilities and community knowledge of hygiene and sanitation will be a key component of this programme.

Coordination through the ACT Alliance

Norwegian Church Aid is the only member of Action by Churches Together (ACT) with a substantial programme in Laos, however, the Lutheran World Federation intends to begin a programme in 2011. Both alliance members are interested in close cooperation in areas such as fund raising and capacity development.

The Norwegian Church Aid office in Laos is responsible for following our programme in Laos, Burma and Thailand.

Published: 08.02.2011


Norwegian Church Aid
338 Donpamai Road
Thaphalanxay Village,
Unit 19 Sisattanak District
P.O. Box 4804
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel.:(+856-21) (+856-21) 315812, 354 017, 354 018
Fax: (+856-21) 353213 Email:

Kalina Sharp-Bergersen, Programme Coordinator
Mob.: +47 982 02 492 Email:

Rolf Strand, Head of Division, Middle East and Asia
Mob.: +47 982 46 447 Email:

Margrethe Volden, Area Representative, Laos, Burma and Thailand

Henrik Schmith, Country Programme Manager

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