Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

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Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
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Agency overview
Formed 1 December 19681
Jurisdiction Government of Norway
Headquarters Ruseløkkveien 26, Oslo, Norway
Employees 224 (2013)
Annual budget 26.2 billion kroner
Agency executive
Parent agency Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Website Official Homesite

Not to be confused with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also abbreviated NORAD.

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its task is to ensure effective foreign aid, with quality assurance and evaluation. Norad finances NGOs and does its own research and projects. The current director general is Villa Kulild. Norad used to be the official development assistance organization in Norway. As of mid-2004, the responsibility for state-to-state official development assistance has been transferred to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while Norad continues to fund NGO activities in developing countries, contributes to the management of development funds and endeavours to ensure that the Norwegian development cooperation is evaluated and efficient.

NORAD consists of the following sections:

  • Department for Environment and Private Sector Development
  • The Department of Rights, Agents of Change and Civil Society
  • The Department of Social Development and Service Delivery
  • The Department of Governance and Macroeconomics
  • The Department for Quality Assurance
  • Department of Evaluation
  • Information Department
  • Department of Human Resources and Administration
  • Department of Energy (Oil for Development, Clean Energy for Development)


For 2012, Norway's government allocated 27.8 billion Norwegian kroner for development aid.2 Norway allocates a higher percentage of GDP (just over 1%) to development aid than any other country in the world.



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