Partnerships and business organisation have always been important approaches in Norges Vel's work. For us it is important that value created locally stays there. Correct organisation and good deals can contribute to local businesses becoming part of a cooperative strengthening their market position and getting better results than working individually.
Since 1809 Norges Vel has taken initiative to establish many new associations and organisations. This was an important approach in our work as a nation builder, og works just as well today in order to develop communities.
Cooperative solutions and strategic alliances
Norges Vel's work develops new and creative cooperative solutions for partnerships, strategic alliances and the strengthening of local value chains that secure that both employment and value created benefit the business as well as the local community. Our long experience and various knowledge about networks, organisation and cooperative solutions contributes to good and thriving value chains in local communities both in Norway and internationally.
Building competency centres and developing organisations
Internationally Norges Vel works a lot with building competency centres and developing the organisations of partners. The goal being that in the long term they will be taking over the running of the business and create the development of their own countries and regions. In Tanzania we have, among other things worked with and developed the volunteer organisation RUDI (Rural Urban Development Initiative). RUDI works with giving small and medium-large businesses access to markets for their products.
Establishing new organisations
In addition to establishing new associations and organisations, Norges Vel has been secretariat and provided administrative tasks for many of these in both the starting phase and longer term. This is just some of the organisations where we have taking initiative and have run/are running:
- Beitepatruljen SA
- Bygdeservice SA
- Norsk Taredyrkerforening
- Norsk Matraps SA
- NOBIO – Norsk Bioenergiforening (stiftet)
- Fairtrade Norge
- Samvirkeutvalget/ Samvirkesenteret (stiftet)
- Norsk Solenergiforening (generalsekretær)
- Samdriftenes Kontaktorgan (SKO)
- Regional Matkultur Oslofjord
help choosing the correct organisation structure
During the starting phase of a new business it may seem hard to say what structure it would benefit from most in the short and long term. Norges Vel has knowledge and experience in analysing and reaching good organisation structures for small and medium-large businesses.
Norges Vel dedicated its time to introducing the cooperative as an organisational structure through the introduction of the agricultural cooperative. This is a democratic organisation that among other things can contribute to increased use of sustainable sharing economy. Our competency covers all types of organisation, but often the cooperative model is the most applicable to our area of work.