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Icelandic International Development Agency

IcelandFunding for fisheries, renewable energy, and water and sanitation in Malawi, Mozambique, and Uganda

Principal Office: Iceland

The Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) is an autonomous agency under the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs. ICEIDA executes and administers Iceland’s bilateral development assistance to promote cooperation between Iceland and developing countries.

ICEIDA focuses on just a few sectors and countries where Icelandic expertise is thought to be most useful. Projects for fisheries, water and sanitation, and energy are a significant part of ICEIDA’s budget.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

ICEIDA does not manage a competitive grants program. It does, however, implement many of its projects through partner organizations in civil society.

1 — Civil Society in Iceland. ICEIDA has signed formal agreements with a few Icelandic charitable organizations for defined projects in ICEIDA’s target countries. These are mainly for activities in health, education, and humanitarian issues. The “green sectors” are not well represented.

2 — Civil Society in Developing Countries. ICEIDA’s country programs work with grassroots partner organizations, who may sometimes receive indirect financial assistance or assistance in-kind.

APPLICATION: There is no formal grants program or application process. However, grant seekers may want to inquire for information with ICEIDA.

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

ICEIDA is engaged in bilateral development cooperation in the countries identified below.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda

Note: In collaboration with funding partners, ICEIDA also supports African regional cooperation for the exploration of geo-thermal energy.


ICEIDA’s website is available in Icelandic and English.

Four training programs of the UN University are based in Iceland – the Geothermal Training Program, the Fisheries Training Program, the Land Restoration Training Program, and the Gender Equality Studies and Training Program.

Last Profile Review

October 2018