The International Department within the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) manages institutional cooperation with similar authorities in African and Asian countries in the areas of responsibility of NVE, aiming to develop the capabilities of these authorities in public sector management. Legal framework development, power sector development and management including regulatory functions, and water resource management including hydropower are examples of typical cooperation areas. The International Department has 8 employees.
NVE has around 600 employees, and the Technical Assistance Programmes and Institutional Programmes use specialists mainly from the Hydrological Department, the Energy Department and the Regulatory Department. NVE hires consultants to assist when needed, due to limited resources within NVE.