Partner Countries and Activities

skyrslaThe Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) operates exclusively in Africa. ICEIDA is engaged in development co-operation with three sub-Saharan countries: Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. In addition, ICEIDA is the Lead Agency in the Geothermal  Exploration Project with joint co-financing of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in Eastern Africa.

ICEIDA´s main objective is to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life among the poorest. ICEIDA's work rests on two pillars. Firstly, the Agency has chosen to work in accordance with international agreements and, in particular, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secondly, the Agency endeavours to utilise Iceland's expertise in the field of natural resources. Accordingly, support will be provided to strengthen the education and health of the poor, in addition to focus on fisheries, both capture fisheries and aquaculture, and harnessing geothermal energy for energy production.

Our three partner countries are among the poorest nations in the world. Recent years have seen the closure of ICEIDA's operations in three partner countries, Namibia, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka, due to the economic collapse in Iceland in 2008. However, when the next review of the Strategy for Development Cooperation takes place, the selection of partner countries will be re-examined.

More information about ICEIDA´s partner countries and the Agency can be found by clicking on the links to the left.



Development co-operation between Iceland and Malawi started in 1989. At first, the focus was entirely on the fisheries sector but with time it has moved towards health and education. ICEIDA's emphasis in Malawi has shifted from direct project support to a more broad based programme support on a district level.  In a new Country Strategy Paper for Malawi, written in 2011, ICEIDA commits to support the District of Mangochi in three specific areas of social services: education, public health and water and sanitation, as well as in strengthening administrative capacity.


Uganda and Iceland have been partners in development since year 2000 through a general agreement.  A current Country Strategy Paper, CSP, for 2014-2019, puts the main emphasis of the cooperation on support to local district authorities in the fishing communites of Buikwe and Kalangala.  This support includes WASH and education as well as overall capacity building of the district authorities.  The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has supported various Non-Governmental Organizations in Iceland to advance a number of development activities in Uganda.  The Icelandic Embassy in Kampala represents the government of Iceland in relation to the government of Uganda.

The Geothermal Exploration Project

The geothermal potential in Africa is mainly in the East Africa Rift Valley States (EARS) covering 13 countries from Eritrea in the north to Mozambique in the south. The project aims to mitigate and distribute the risk associated with geothermal exploration thus contributing to the acceleration of geothermal development in the region. The main objective of the Geothermal Exploration Project is to assist all EARS countries in completing the exploratory phase of geothermal development and build capacity and expertise in the field of geothermal utilization and related policy. The project support will extend up to the stages of exploratory drilling.