The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre/Norsk Ressurssenter for Fredsbygging (NOREF) is a resource centre integrating knowledge and experience to strengthen peacebuilding policy and practice.
NOREF was established by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 2008 as a key resource centre to support Norwegian peacebuilding efforts. The Centre collaborates and promotes collaboration with a wide network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners in Norway and abroad. The Centre provides a range of resources and services on peacebuilding, mediation and humanitarian issues, in particular to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These include gathering and sharing timely information and analysis, and organizing briefings, seminars and other targeted events. It has a particular focus on ensuring that expertise from the South is included in its work. In some cases, NOREF is also called upon to facilitate and support longer-term strategic and political processes and initiatives.
NOREF’s programme is designed to be flexible in order to follow international developments and the ensuing needs for timely information by Norwegian foreign policy actors. However, a particular focus is on the peacebuilding agenda within the United Nations framework.