Our Method: Exchange for Development

We facilitate the exchange of members and employees between businesses and organisations in Norway and countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. We share knowledge and competence between people in various countries and cultures through innovative collaboration and mutual goals.

Individual, organisational & societal change

Our goal is to embed positive change on individual and organisational level. Young people who go on exchange acquires new perspectives, deepens their cultural understanding, and develop as leaders and agents of change. Partner organisations gain new impulses, develop stronger international networks and strengthen their ability to reach their own goals. The result is more tolerant, open and knowledgeable societies.

All our projects are initiated and established by institutions locally. Every partner organisations set their own goals, in cooperation with their partners. Local ownership secures long-term solutions and a more sustainable approach to global challenges.

We fund exchange of professionals or volunteers who contribute to creative and innovative ways of cooperation and sharing of skills and knowledge. Learning is the primary outcome of our projects and this is done within health care; sustainable, social and green businesses; education and civil society.


Norec (FK Norway) engage in new partnerships and networks in order to discover the many possibilities emerging from a constantly evolving world. In this work, we try to involve and mobilise existing and former Norec (FK) partners and participants. 

That is why we are proud to describe our work as a people-centred method for development, both in Norway and in our focus countries.

After all, what we want to achieve is increased competence, skills and values, something that is life-long and life-changing.

Learn from each other

Norec (FK Norway) is a public administrative body and part of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its mandate is part of the Norwegian development policy. Every year, the Norwegian Parliament sets aside funding to Norec (FK Norway), so we can continue doing our work.

Norec (FK Norway) was founded in 1963. In 2001, Norec (FK Norway) radically changed from being based on traditional donor-led development aid, to mutual exchange.

Since 2001, 9000 Norec (FK) participants have exchanged. Journalists, engineers, designers, nurses and activist are a few examples. Norec's (FK Norway) method for exchange is acknowledged internationally. With our partners, we have experienced that everyone can learn from each other. 


NOREC makes the world smaller