Introduction and history

The NORWAC Foundation was established January 1st 1994 in close cooperation with the

 Norwegian solidarity movement with the Palestinians. Before 1994 NORWAC was organized as a member association. Human rights and solidarity with oppressed peoples and reduction of inequality have always been important motivation factors for the Foundation, and constitute the main core values of the organization.

NORWAC has since its inception had the bulk of the programs and interventions focused on the Palestinian issue in Palestine (OPT) and Lebanon. From 1999 to 2015 NOWAC was engaged in working in the Western Balkan, and since 2012 NORWAC has worked with medical aid in Syria. 

For all the areas, longstanding and good relationship with local partners, authorities and other actors is a major strength of the programs. This has facilitated good understanding of society and politics in highly complex environments. The continuous dialogue with all actors, combined with sound and professional health programs, have fostered acceptance locally, and allowed access to areas other agencies have had difficulties operating in.

The professional health backgrounds of the individual members of the NORWAC Foundation have contributed to the development of sound programs. More importantly however, have been the ability to transfer knowledge about Norwegian health systems and policies to the Palestinian/Lebanese and Balkan context.

While health is the common denominator for the programmatic interventions, it is not seen by the members as necessarily an end in itself. Health programs have rather proven to be an effective conduit, or entry point, into the society, and an effective means to reduce conflict and suffering.

 

 

Today NORWAC has both full and part time staff and several consultants (31.12.16)

 

 

An overview of how much each country recieved of new grants in 2016

 

 

Funding to NORWAC from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affrairs goes largely to the projects