The Norwegian bilateral development Assistance Program in India began in 1952 with the bilateral development assistance for a fishery development project in Kerala by way of technical assistance and financial support. Bilateral development assistance extended by the Norwegian Government is canalized through the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). In 1990, the Norwegian Government took a decision to reduce aid to India and to shift their focus to the industrial and institutional cooperation. However, Norway has continued to give priority to issues relating to the development of women and environment. Since 1970, Norwegian assistance has been received as grants for financing the cost of technical services and local cost projects, mainly in social and environment sectors.