Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs focused on ensuring that development aid funds are spent efficiently and effectively. By providing advice and support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian foreign service missions, Norad contributes to effective management of development funds, with quality assurance and evaluation. It works together with civil society organizations, government agencies, and research and higher education institutions. Norad manages the agency’s grant schemes so that development assistance through Norwegian and international partners contributes effectively to poverty reduction.