Responsible partnerships and formation of strong alliances are critical to future-oriented development

Norges Vel is an active and involved partner, aiming to combine our resources with those of the partner in order to complement each other in the best possible way and work effectively together in mutual efforts to solve the mutually identified challenges at hand. In this context, a responsible partnership means mutual responsibility for the achievement of agreed goals.

Hence it serves to enable institutional confidence and integrity while creating a platform for reciprocal learning and reflectiveness within the frame of an open and transparent, collaborative environment. This approach requires powerful skills in constructive collaboration that Norges Vel and its partners intend to exert successfully. Our aim is excellence in capacity building and institutional development. 

Norges Vel’s partners vary in size and characteristics, but they all play an important role in being catalysts for focused development among our target groups. While some are long-term development partners aiming to facilitate growth, others are commercially oriented and purely provide technical know-how and market linkage during specific growth stages of an organization’s development. It is Norges Vel’s role to ensure that commercial interests of the partner do not conflict with the interests of our target group. Rather, they represent strategic alliances that are critical to the development of local businesses and small and medium scale enterprises in which our target groups are involved. 

Our Contributions

  • General quality assurance of on-going programmes, in accordance with our responsibilities and commitment towards ourselves, our partners and funders
  • Provision of technical expertise and know-how, utilizing key competence within our own organization as well as from our broad network of members, partners and alliances
  • Acting as a sparring partner in planning, discussion and evaluation of progress and 
  • assessment of tools and methods, as well as contributing to the resolution of arising challenges and possible redirection when necessary
  • Facilitation of links to and networking with strategic partners and alliances, including business alliances – thus allowing for relevant learning and experience exchange 
  • Encouraging institutional learning and professionalization, self-evaluation and refocusing as and when needed
  • Motivation, encouragement and support in integration of important cross cutting issues such as gender, climate and good governance 
  • Contributing with specific capacity building, mentoring and advice with regards to strategic direction, organisational development and administrative assessment of partners

Potential partners

  • National umbrella organizations for cooperatives
  • Non-governmental organizations serving as facilitators of development, most commonly focusing on one particular sector
  • Non-governmental organizations with thematic specialization (i.e. renewable energy, conservation farming, sanitation)
  • Commercial companies providing technical know-how and market linkages
  • Research institutions and universities
  • Financial institutions
  • Agribusinesses and processors
  • Development investors
  • National and international organizations focused on agriculture and aquaculture 
  • Women’s organizations
  • Formal network
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Responsible partnerships and strong alliances for development