Development

Norway's development cooperation in Bangladesh centres around three focus areas: 1) Climate and Disaster Preparedness, 2) Good Governance and Human Rights, 3) Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

Ambassador was greeted with flowers by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad’s President Ayesha Khanam. 
Photo: BMP.

“With economic empowerment of women, we all win”, said Ambassador Merete Lundemo to the inaugural session of the National Council Meeting 2016 of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP), attended by more than 500 women counsellors from BMP’s central and local committees all over the country.   Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) is a voluntary, non-partisan and member-based women’s organization. Norway Read more

Landslides destroyed houses, and evacuated people shifted from dangerous slopes. 
Photo: GSB.

A national workshop was held in Dhaka on 30 Nov to disseminate the knowledge gained from the co-operation between the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and the Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB). The workshop was jointly inaugurated by the Energy Sector Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, and the Ambassador Merete Lundemo. In his speech, Dr. Chowdhury thanked the... Read more

Inspired by Bangladesh’s spectacular progress towards food self-sufficiency, and to encourage each other to eat healthy food, all staff members agreed to change our Embassy rooftop flower garden into a vegetable garden. Day by day, we follow the rapid growth of spinach, salad, eggplant, ladyfinger and other nutritious foods at our workplace, and look forward to harvesting. Read more

From right to left: Mr. Arne Haug, Chargé d’affaires a.i., Royal Norwegian Embassy; H.E. Mr. Lee Yun-young, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; H.E. Mr. Johan Frisell, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden; H.E. Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju, Minister, Ministry of Environment & Forests; Mr. Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment & Forests; Ms. Emily Summers, British High Commission. 
Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

On 29 April representatives from the embassies of Norway, Sweden, the Republic of Korea and the British High Commission, presented the report “Better Growth, Better Climate – The New Climate Economy” to H.E. Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju, Minister, Ministry of Environment & Forests. The Minister thanked the representatives for presenting the report, which he was familiar with, and appreciated this.. Read more

Mr. Tariq-Ul-Islam, Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs delivering his speech. Others seen in the picture (on his left) are:  Dr. Ainun Nishat (Professor Emeritus of BRAC University), Mr. Arne Haug (Chargé d’affaires a.i. of Norwegian Embassy), Ms. Christine Hunter (UN Women Bangladesh Country Representative), Md. Mahbub Hossain (Director of Bangladesh Change Trust Fund) and Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed (Executive Director of Centre for Global Change). 
Photo: UN Women BCO.

The Embassy is supporting the UN Women Bangladesh Country Office to bring the rights of women into the climate change debate through a Project ' Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Viable Livelihood Options' . The project aims to contribute towards engendering Bangladesh's climate change programme through women's participation in the implementation process. On 21... Read more

From left to right: Mr. Arne Haug, Deputy Head of Mission, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, H.E. Mr. Christian Fotsch, Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh,  and Mr. Sarat Dash, Chief of Mission, IOM, at a press conference in Dhaka. 
Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

 Representatives from the Norwegian Embassy attended a 3-day regional consultation of the ‘Nansen Initiative’ on climate change, disasters and human mobility in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. The meeting took place in Khulna between April 3-5 and was organized by the Government of Bangladesh in coordination with IOM ( International Organization for Migration) and the Nansen Initiative... Read more

Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The Embassies of the three Nordic countries—Sweden, Norway and Denmark—recently carried out two joint field visits. On February 15th, the three Ambassadors and staff visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, while on March 15th, the Swedish Ambassador and colleagues from the Swedish and Norwegian Embassies visited Bandarban to learn more about the situation of the indigenous people. On... Read more

Ambassador Sidsel Bleken presented her credentials to President Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban . 
Photo:  MD ENAMUL HAQUE, KAZI ANWAR SADAT .

Sidsel Bleken, Ambassador of Norway, presented her credentials to the President of Bangladesh, Md. Abdul Hamid on 26th October. She was accompanied by her spouse Tor Torhaug and the Embassy's Head of Administration Jenny K. Sundsbø. “The relationship between Norway and Bangladesh has always been one of friendship and good relations. I wish to continue this development", Ambassador Bleken said."... Read more

Deputy Head of Mission, Henrik Width with Rangamati Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma . 
Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

-          Impressive to learn what modest but important measures can be done to make life a little easier for villagers, says Henrik Width, deputy head of mission at the Norwegian Embassy after a recent visit to an island village in Kaptai Lake in Chittagong Hill Tracts. With funding from UNDP, supported by Norway, the village has a modest school givin Read more

BMP slogan. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy.

On December 8th – 11th 2014, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh, H. E. Merete Lundemo together with the President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Ayesha Khanam, General Secretary Maleka Banu and BMP Central Committee members visited the district branch of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) in Barisal, southern Bangladesh. During her field visit, the Ambassador met and discussed with a number o... Read more

From left to right: The Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh, H. E. Ms. Hanne Fugl Eskjær and the Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh, H. E. Ms. Merete Lundemo are welcomed by participants of the CDMP II Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) in Bainpara village, Khulna District. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy.

On December 3rd 2014, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh, H. E. Ms. Merete Lundemo, the Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh, H. E. Ms. Hanne Fugl Eskjær and Second Secretary of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Mr. Magnus André, visited the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP II) in Bainpara village, Khulna District. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about... Read more

Norway's Ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Ms. Merete Lundemo, raising the Bangladeshi flag on the occasion of BMP's National Council Meeting 2014. By the other flagstaff is BMP Secretary of Organisation, Rakhi Das, President Ayesha Khanam and General Secretary Maleka Banu. 
Photo: BMP.

On November 14th 2014, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Ms. Merete Lundemo, attended the inaugural session of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad’s National Council Meeting 2014, titled “Challenge Of the 21st Century: Efficient, Ideal & Volunteer Organizer”. As Special Guest, Ambassador Lundemo congratulated all the BMP volunteers on their important work and achievements, and expressed continued... Read more

A cut from the luxuriant and undulant Chittagong Hill Tracts. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy.

From 15th to 17th of July 2014, a delegation from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka paid a visit to Rangamati District in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). The purpose of the visit was to make a courtesy to local authorities and to meet with representatives of various development programs and projects. Below are selected pictures from the trip. Read more

Ingrid and Shilpi together with Shilpi's daughter Dina outside their home in Satkhira.

In the fall of 2008, a Bangladeshi and a Norwegian girl met in Møre & Romsdal, Norway. 6 years later, the girls found themselves in the same country once again, only this time in Bangladesh. This is the story of how Ingrid, an intern at the Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka, reunited with her old friend Shilpi. Read more

Local girl welcomes Ambassador Merete Lundemo and BMP leaders to her village. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) is one of the longest-standing partners of Norway in Bangladesh. In order to learn first-hand how BMP is working to promote women’s rights, a delegation from the Norwegian Embassy in Bangladesh, led by Ambassador Merete Lundemo, travelled to Dinajpur in the north-west of the country. Read more

Ms Sultana Kamal and Ragne Birte Lund at the signing.

On 1 August 2012 Ambassador Ragne Birte Lund and Ms. Sultana Kamal, Executive Director of Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK), signed a new contract of cooperation. The Norwegian embassy will support the project “Strengthening Activism Towards Human Rights Culture in Bangladesh” over a five year time period. Read more

Executive Director of BCAC Dr. Atiq Rahman, Ambassador Ragne Birte Lund, and State Minister of Women and Children Affairs Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at the launch.

The Norwegian embassy in Dhaka supports the joint initiative of UN Women, BRAC and BCAS in their launching of a new project that will empower women to contribute in climate adaption measures. The goal is to reduce local communities’ vulnerability to climate change and create new livelihood options for and with women. The project is based on local knowledge, with the potential of expanding this ... Read more

Ambassador Lund and Dilip Barua, Minister of Industries, during the signing of the MoU

Bangladesh's Minister of Industries Dilip Barua was among those present when Industries Secretary, KH Siddiqui, and Ambassador Ragne Birte Lund signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Norway and the Ministry of Industries on November 13 in Dhaka. Read more

In a legal aid clinic in Hobigonj women shared stories about their challenges. The embassy visited the area in Sylhet to learn about the work of Ain-O-Salish-Kendra, which Norway supports. Read more

CLIMATE COLLABORATION. The Norwegian Ambassador, Ragne Birthe Lund, and the Minister of Environemnt and Forests in Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmud, met this week to discuss Norwegian support for climate change efforts, as well as other environmental topics. . 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka.

With two thirds of the country located less than five meters over sea level, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries for climate change effects. Norway acknowledges this harsh reality, and is currently supporting several climate change and disaster preparation activities in Bangladesh. Read more