Development Co-operation Directorate

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Norway 2019

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Published on May 28, 2019

The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.Norway’s commitment to spend 1% of gross national income on official development assistance is supported across the political spectrum. It increasingly uses multilateral channels to promote global public goods and address global challenges. This review looks at the changes to systems, structures and capabilities that would help Norway deliver on its shifting approach to development co-operation. These include strategic oversight to align programming with Norway's overall vision and policies for sustainable development; strengthened approaches to results, knowledge and risk management; and taking a bolder approach to cross-cutting issues such as human rights, gender, climate and environment, and anti-corruption.


Conducting the Peer Review
Abbreviations and acronyms
Norway’s aid at a glance
Context of the peer review of Norway
The DAC’s main findings and recommendations
Secretariat’s Report7 chapters available
Norway’s global efforts for sustainable development
Norway’s policy vision and framework
Norway’s financing for development
Norway’s structure and systems
Norway’s delivery modalities and partnerships
Norway’s results, evaluation and learning
Norway’s humanitarian assistance
Annexes4 chapters available
Progress since the 2013 DAC peer review recommendations
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Field visit to Uganda
Organisational charts
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Read the DAC's main findings and recommendations, available in English and in French.


Norway as a valued development partner

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A good practice excerpt from the peer review: The Knowledge Bank

In 2018, Norway launched a Knowledge Bank with the objective of strengthening and co-ordinating a range of programmes for technical co-operation in areas where Norway’s special competence is in demand amongst partner countries. The programmes usually combine the expertise of Norwegian ministries, agencies and public institutions to meet the government’s objective to strengthen competence and capacity in public institutions in partner countries. The Knowledge Bank encompasses a number of technical co-operation initiatives, including the Oil for Development, Fish for Development and Tax for Development programmes, and Norwegian co-operation around clean energy. While the primary aim of the Knowledge Bank is to strengthen public institutions through sharing knowledge in Norway’s areas of niche expertise, it also reflects an innovative approach to – and potential for greater co-ordination, synergies and management of knowledge within – the Norwegian system by bringing together expertise from across the system, thereby breaking down silos.

Read chapter 5 of the peer review for more on Norway’s approach to sharing knowledge


Norway's implementation of peer review recommendations from 2013

 Norway 2019 Donut English

Read about the implementation of the 2013 recommendations (Annex A)

 About this review

Norway's peer review history

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