Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Postal Address: Kirkegata 5, 0153 Oslo, Norway
Telephone: (+47) 22 47 92 02
Fax: (+47) 22 41 60 76
Project manager: Csilla Czimbalmos
Telephone: (+47) 93 28 43 04
About the role of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) plays a central role in providing information and promoting bilateral cooperation between civil society organisations in Norway and the beneficiary countries. Given the sheer size of the Norwegian voluntary sector – consisting of 115 000 non-governmental and non-profit organisations – the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contracted the Norwegian Helsinki Committee to facilitate contact and cooperation between NGOs in the beneficiary countries and Norway.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation which monitors compliance with the human rights provisions of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) within all OSCE signatory states and supports initiatives to strengthen democracy and civil society.
NHC keeps Norwegian civil society informed about the NGO programmes in all the 15 beneficiary countries. The NHC also serves as a point of contact for Norwegian NGOs interested in participating in partnership projects. To facilitate partnerships, NHC manages the website www.ngonorway.org updating it with relevant information and a database of potential partner organisations.
NHC is also responsible for recruiting and organising participation by Norwegian NGOs at launching conferences for the NGO programmes in the beneficiary countries. In addition, the NHC arranges conferences and seminars on topics relevant for the NGO programmes.
NHC cooperates closely with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian embassies, programme operators, donor programme partners and the Financial Mechanism Office.