FK Norway relies on Tractus Asia for representation and coordination of its exchange programs and local development aid efforts in Asia
FK Norway, a Norwegian government aid organization, selected Tractus Asia in 2014 to represent the organization regionally to build partnerships between NGOs and private sector agencies across seven developing nations. FK exchange initiatives provide funding for young people from Norway and the developing world to live and work in partner organizations in different countries to build capacities and experience. Physiotherapists, engineers, journalists, designers and young activists are examples of people who swap places across national frontiers. As the ‘Asia South Representatives’ of FK Norway, Tractus identifies potential participant organizations, familiarizing them with the program and supporting their application process. Local development aid efforts are specific to the Norwegian government’s foreign policy priority countries, which include China, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, and China.
FK Norway professional exchange programs are focused on vocational training, primary health and private sector development while FK also supports a volunteer exchange program for civil society and leadership building initiatives. Exchange programs are awarded to organizations that develop dynamic programs that fit the FK Norway mandate and have a positive impact on respective individuals, organizations, and societies.
Tractus and FK Norway cooperate to vet applicant organizations. Tractus first supports applicant organizations to complete their feasibility study, coaching them on FK priorities and project design, and then FK makes the final determination whether the potential program fits their priorities. Approved partnerships are invited to Bangkok for an introductory course to strengthen the new international project, learn more about the goals and objectives of the program, build out their project, and gain an understanding on how to administer the exchange program. FK introductions are typically held on a quarterly basis to fuel FK’s pipeline for consistent exchanges.
Tractus held a reception for FK alumni in Cambodia who reconnected, networked, and shared their experiences with new potential partners. To accommodate the event, an opening was provided by the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, followed by inspirational words from former local partners. Following the success of the reception, an alumni event and ‘Partnership Forum’ was held in Kathmandu during June of 2016. With over 150 attendees, FK Norway and Tractus Asia brought together a diversity of stakeholders that could potentially engage the FK Norway exchange program to build capacities and gain valuable experience in the Asian region. The Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal, FK Director Nita Kapoor, other FK staff, and the Tractus ‘Asia South Representatives’ gave presentations to inform the Nepalese on Norway’s interest in their country and the exciting opportunities for the exchange program.
According to Nita Kapoor, Director General of FK Norway, “Learning is the primary outcome of our projects and this is done within healthcare; sustainable, social and green businesses; education and civil society. Tractus Asia has played an important role in promoting our model to a vast group of potential partners in Asia. Their involvement has resulted in an increased number of interested parties in our collaborating countries, which has later materialized into new feasibility studies and eventually long-term partnership agreements. The Tractus staff approach FK stakeholders with a service-minded approach, respectful of mutual goals, and are passionate about the potential for positive change inherent among organizations, businesses and individuals alike. Additionally, Tractus has proved to be an important partner in staging successful FK Norway events and seminars in Asia. As John Evans, Tractus’ Director, explains, “We are pleased to be assigned the role of South Representatives to FK Norway and our role in empowering young people across the region in expanding their knowledge, which is fully in line with our objective of empowering disadvantaged youth across the region through education.”
FK Norway has taken significant steps to strengthen development across the developing world since its inception in 1963. Under its mandate to facilitate mutual learning and developing local institutions, almost 8,000 FK Norway participants have taken part in exchanges between Norway and countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Tractus Asia and FK Norway will continue to build on the success of the program and are currently planning events in Myanmar and Bangladesh. The impact on the lives of individual participants from these efforts is consistently high.
About FK Norway
FK Norway is a part of Norwegian development cooperation founded in 1963. FK Norway promotes mutual exchanges of young professionals and volunteers between institutions, companies, and organizations within 25 countries.
About Tractus Asia Limited
Tractus Asia Ltd. is a leading Asia-based foreign direct investment advisory firm focused on assisting government agencies, multilaterals and companies with their Asia trade, investment and growth strategies. We work to develop the most cost-effective approaches for our clients to establish operations, make acquisitions, expand, or diversify their manufacturing and service industry investments throughout Asia.