The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Helga Fogstad
Head of Health, Department of Global Health, Education and Research
Started term: June 2013

Helga is Director of the Department for Global Health, Education and Research at the Norwegian Agency for Development, which is a technical directorate of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Department is central in providing technical guidance on Norway’s health, education, research and development portfolio, both through the bilateral programs, as well as global initiatives and funds supported by Norway. The Department is also responsible for grant management, as well as measurement and quality assurance of the results in Norwegian development cooperation within the above topic areas. It also facilitates public debate on related aid and development topics, and is heavily engaged in advocacy and dissemination of research findings.

Helga represents Norway on several international Boards and expert committees, and was heavily involved in the development of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010. Helga has 25 years of working experience in health planning and development at facility, district and national levels, as well as at international level within multilateral and bilateral agencies. She has also spend much of her life in Africa. She is a health economist and has co-authored several publications related to public health.