Eldis celebrates 10 years of partnership with Noragric

4th July 2014
April 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Eldis collaboration with Noragric to produce the Eldis Norway Research Window and Norwegian Research on Environment & Development group. These services highlight recent development research publications from Norway, with a focus on agricultural and environmental issues.

The collaboration marked the first time Eldis had delivered a service maintained remotely by a partner organisation - a pioneering approach that we have gone on to use extensively elsewhere. The team at Noragric source and summarise the best research from Norway and promote the latest documents through the webpages, an email newsletter and Twitter.

This infographic highlights some key facts about the collaboration.

Speaking of the partnership Liv Ellingsen, Senior librarian at the Noragric Library said:

“I have found our Eldis partners extremely approachable and cooperative - never far away when we needed advice on technical or other issues. It has been inspiring to be part of such professional team and international environment.”

Leah Murphy of Eldis said "Besides offering what we hope is a useful service for our users the collaboration with Liv and the team at Noragric has taught us a great deal about partnership and helped us to develop Eldis into the global service it is today. Here's to another 10 years!"

Ivar Jørgensen, formerly Director of Programmes and Operations at Noragric and now Policy Director at Department for Climate, Energy and Environment, Norad, was a driving force behind the creation of the Noragric platform on Eldis. Looking back at the creation and continuance of the resource, Ivar says,

“It is rewarding to see the Eldis Norway Research Window and Norwegian Research on Environment & Development group and how it has grown over the past ten years. The need for a platform for sharing knowledge was recognized by some of the key players at that time. The idea of a special Norwegian window was based on the already strong links between IDS and Noragric. Through the skills of the proponents on both sides, it was presented in a manner that allowed funding to become available”

Eldis has now established itself as an important source of new knowledge for the development community. The Norwegian window also offers an opening into the global Eldis network with its vast supply of relevant knowledge products. Eldis has contributed to reinforcing the links between natural sciences, social sciences and development experience. I am happy to recommend Eldis in general and the Norway Research Window and Norwegian Research on Environment & Development group in particular to all development practitioners and development oriented scientists.”