Novo Nordisk Foundation increases support for humanitarian initiatives

Novo Nordisk Foundation increases support for humanitarian initiatives

16 Jun 2020

From 2014 to 2019, more than 800,000 people in disadvantaged regions of the world have benefitted from humanitarian initiatives supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

New analysis that measures the impact of projects for which the Foundation has awarded grants shows that, during the same period, the Foundation supported 55 acute humanitarian interventions in both natural and human-made emergencies, such as floods, earthquakes and wars. The Foundation awarded 40 of these project grants during 2018 and 2019.

Since 2019, in addition to supporting emergency relief efforts, the Foundation has focused on two special priorities in its humanitarian grants. One is to improve the future prospects of young refugees and other vulnerable adolescents in areas and countries affected by the conflict in Syria, with the projects currently taking place in Jordan. The second priority is to combat noncommunicable diseases in the same region and in eastern Africa, with the projects currently taking place in Jordan and Tanzania.

The thematic priorities are backed by several strategic partnerships that the Foundation established in 2019 with UNICEF, the Danish Refugee Council and the World Diabetes Foundation.

Most recently, through these strategic partnerships, the Foundation has allocated a total of DKK 20 million for four projects to help mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in Jordan and Tanzania.

“Focusing the efforts geographically and thematically enables us to support organizations and projects that can really make a difference – also in the long term. Combined with our continued support for emergency humanitarian interventions throughout the world, we have the opportunity to both support the development of a long-term presence in selected countries and help out in the world’s hot-spots when the need arises,” says Hanna Line Jakobsen, Senior Vice President, Social & Humanitarian, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Further information

Christian Mostrup, Senior Programme Lead, +45 3067 4805,