Jon Lomøy was appointed Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) in April 2010. As Director, he has worked to strategically lead and orient DCD’s work to ensure that it continues to play a key role in shaping policies that promote sustainable development in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
Mr. Lomøy, a Norwegian national, has devoted his professional career to development. He has held senior positions at the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) from 1989 to 1996, including as Head of the Eastern Africa Division, and Deputy Director and Director of the Africa Department. He was responsible for the management of bilateral development co-operation with Africa and initiated a major reorganisation of the department to decentralise programmes and enhance work on general policy issues.
As Ambassador of Norway to Zambia from 1996 to 2000, he also managed bilateral development programmes, including education and governance.
Mr. Lomøy returned to NORAD from 2001 to 2004 as Director of the Southern Africa Department, where he implemented the first process of country-wide silent partnership with Malawi and Sweden.
In 2004, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director General of the Department for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, where he was responsible for the overall management of Norway’s bilateral assistance programme. During this period, he initiated the Oil for Development Programme and, with the World Bank, a review of multi-donor trust funds in post-conflict countries.
Mr. Lomøy served as Ambassador of Norway to Tanzania from 2007 to 2010, managing one of Norway’s largest bilateral aid programmes, with a particular focus on translating global policy initiatives – such as climate change, UN reform and the Partnership for Reduced Maternal and Child Mortality – to country-level activities.
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