The aim of the Forum is to promote high quality research, education and training aiming at improving health and health care for marginalized population groups in low- and middle income countries.
The Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research (Forum) was initiated in 2005 as an interdisciplinary network of individuals and Norwegian institutions working with, or having an interest in, global health and health research. From 2018 the Forum is an autonomous advisory body to Global Health Norway and other institutions on policy formulation and scientific input.
The Forum’s statutes were approved by the first General Assembly November 16th, 2006. The purpose of the Forum is to promote research and education of high quality with the aim of improving health and health services for marginalized population groups in low and middle-income countries.
A common platform for collaboration was needed to consolidate global health as a field of academic studies. The Forum is now an arena for exchanging ideas and views on research and methodology, and for collaboration on issues related to academic training and curriculum development.
The Forum’s constituency consists of universities, university colleges, public and private research institutes without an educational mandate, in addition to individual members. Governmental bodies such as the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the Norwegian Directorate of Health, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) have been supportively involved in the Forum work and development from the start and are represented as observers to the Forum Board. The Forum has received continuous financial support from the GLOBVAC programme (RCN).