Area boost/neighbourhood improvement in the Grorud Valley

The Grorud Valley Programme is a comprehensive urban neighbourhood improvement programme in Oslo. Activities are planned until 2016.

The Grorud Valley Area Based Redevelopment Programme – Groruddalssatsingen – has several key actors: The municipality of Oslo at central and local levels, several ministries and state agencies, local NGOs, private companies and representatives of concerned residents.

The Grorud Valley is an area in which a quarter of all inhabitants in the city live. The area has particular challenges and also particular potentials. The projects aims at increased social, economic and environmental sustainability for the area involved.

The areas of interventions
The initiatives started in 2007. There are four focus-areas of intervention in the overall, national and city programme for urban development of the Grorud Valley. Activities will be going on until 2016.

The focus-areas are:

  1. Environment and sustainable transport
  2. Green areas development, sports and cultural environment
  3. «Area boost»: Development of high quality physical and social meeting places and centres within the chosen areas and development of bettered housing and living conditions, strengthened local identity and improved reputation
  4. Education, living environment, cultural activities and inclusion.

We play an active role in the third area of intervention along with the municipality, city districts, private and public partners, primary as the Government and the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development's investor in the Grorud Valley Project.

Our role in the Grorud Valley Programme:

  • To contribute to reach the overall goals of the project
  • To support initiatives, to facilitate and assist in the organisation of the process
  • Transfer of knowledge and capacity building based on innovations and experiences from other development programmes nationally and internationally
  • Provide leadership training and support
  • Process- & project support
  • Reporting and control
  • Communication, learning and mediation
  • Coordination of various financial and technical support

From 2007 till 2009 the Norwegian state has contributed a total of 129 million NOK in funding of the projects, through the Housing Bank. In total this investments has financed 41 projects within the intervention. The projects covers physical and social activities such as:

  • Outdoor areas: Playgrounds, garden plots, lighting, decoration
  • Indoor meeting places: Community centres, volunteer bureau, youth centres
  • Local malls and plazas: Local centre-developments
  • Events and activities: Local events, district festive-days
  • Other projects: Competence-building measures, investigations, location analysis etc

The main objective is sustainable urban development, including local initiatives and participation, cross sectoral co-operation; physical, environmental restoration and upgrading; visible results; all leading to better quality of life and overall better living conditions in The Grorud Valley.

Our focal point for neighbourhood development and improvements
Four geographical areas within the Grorud Valley are particularly chosen for interventions. Focal points  for ”Area Boost” cover a range of different types of interventions, from smaller projects to more holistic development and rehabilitation programmes. Increasingly focus is put on our role as facilitator, bringing about sustainable partnerships and solutions and to promote development and transfer of knowledge and skills. An other main focus is cross sectoral co-operation within and between private and public agencies and organisations.

Team Grorud Valley Programmme, the NSHB.

The Norwegian State Housing Bank
Regional Office East
Section for Area Boost and Analysis
Deputy regional director Tore Olsen Pran, Karin.Lindgå

Plankontoret for Groruddalen/the Planning Agency for Grorud Valley
Ph nr + 47 82 66 390


The government White Paper to the Parliament about The Oslo Region, 2007 explains the Grorud Valley initiative and puts it in perspective of national, regional policy. (page 18)