CROP’s UTFORSK project “Partnership for Poverty and Sustainable Development Studies” is funded by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). SIU is a Norwegian public sector agency that promotes international cooperation at all levels of education.

It is a knowledge- and service organisation with the mission of promoting and facilitating cooperation, standardisation, mobility, and the overcoming of cultural barriers to communication and exchange within the realm of education on an international level. The centre is charged with the important task of coordinating national measures according to official Norwegian policy within the field of internationalisation. UTFORSK Partnership Programme supports project cooperation between higher education institutions.