Norges Vel's international dedication meets some of our time's greatest challenges: Climate change, lack of access to energy and lack of food. 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: equality, climate and environment, and anticorruption.
Human rights and equality
In all of Norges Vel's projects women and men are encouraged to partake in equal parts. We contribute to formalising women's ownership and running of all parts of the value chain. We are particularly dedicated to building women's competency.
On Madagascar we strengthen women's opportunities to take ownership in seafood production through education in economy, entrepreneurship and business planning. This has given results, for example in the cultivation of sea cucumbers half of the producers are now women.
Norges Vel is among other things a part of The Norwegian Gender Network, a collection of 14 aid organisations. Measures for 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 contribute to that entrepreneurship within agriculture wins in three central areas: Food security, finding environmentally friendly solutions and increasing the income for farmers living in poverty.
Poor farmers are often particularly susceptible to climate change. Norges Vel's projects contribute to strengthening the farmers knowledge of conserving the earth and water resources. Small scale farming is still subjected to draughts, floods, 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 widespread problem around the world, and is most damaging in developing nations with weak public institutions that have low confidence and a vulnerable populace.
Corruption is a threat to human rights, social justice and economic development.
Norges Vel works diligently to eradicate corruption in our organisation and in the countries where we work. Our routines and systems contribute to openness and transparency. We have regular checks and follow up our pojects to make sure that the money is being spent correctly, we report to those who financed the projects, for example Norad and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.