NORAD is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that is tasked with ensuring the efficacy of foreign aid.
NORAD is a funding body for NGOs but also carries out its own research in several thematic areas:
- Climate Change and the Environment
- Health and aids
- Macroeconomics and public administration
- Education and research
Given the gravity of the threat of climate change and biodiversity loss, these form key focal points of the Norwegian development policy. NORAD is involved in funding REDD+ projects.