Norges Vel's international work meets some of our time's greatest challenges: Climate change, lack of access to energy and the need for increased food production. Business development and increased profitability for small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs is vital to meet these challenges. In our projects we always focus on three areas: gender equality, climate and environment, and anticorruption.
Human rights and gender equality
In all of Norges Vel's projects women and men are encouraged to participate on equal terms. We contribute to formalising women's ownership and managing all parts of the value chain. We are particularly dedicated to building women's competency.
In Madagascar, we strengthen women's opportunities to take ownership in seafood production through education in economics, entrepreneurship and business planning. This has given results, for example in the cultivation of sea cucumbers half of the producers are women.
Norges Vel is, among other things, a part of The Norwegian Gender Network, a collection of 14 aid organisations. Measures for gender equality and women's rights are often neglected or meet resistance. Such a network is therefore very important for drawing attention to equality and women's rights.
No one should be excluded because of ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual preferences.
Climate and environment
Norges Vel's core strategy is to support businesses, production methods and organisations that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. The goal is to ensure that entrepreneurship within agriculture wins in three central areas: Food security, finding environmentally friendly solutions and increasing the income of farmers living in poverty.
Poor smallholder farmers are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Norges Vel's projects contribute to strengthen the skills of farmers in managing the soil and the often limited water resources. Small scale farming is particularly vulnarable to draught, floodin, storms and other extreme results of climate change.
Norges Vel also has a clear environmental profile in projects concerning aquaculture.
Norges Vel has a zero tolerance for corruption. Corruption is a major problem worldwide, and is most damaging in developing countries with weak public institutions that have little trust and a vulnerable population.
Corruption poses a threat to human rights, social justice and economic development.
Norges Vel works diligently to fight corruption in our own organisation and in the countries where we work. Our routines and systems contribute to openness and transparency. We have regular controls and follow-ups of our pojects to ensure that the money is being spent as planned, and we report to those who fund the projects, such as Norad and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.