Norway - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2013
Norway high up on the aid donor table but could improve allocation
Norway gave USD 4.8 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.93 percent of its gross national income (GNI). That made it the third most-generous member in terms of its ODA/GNI ratio of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups major donors. A new DAC review of Norway praised the country’s long and on-going commitment to high aid targets and noted that its steady economic growth should mean aid volumes would increase in the future.
“Norway focuses on global issues that are important for the country and for the international role it plays, such as peace-building, climate change and global health,” said Vice DAC Chair Ana Paula Fernandes. “This enables Norway to punch above its weight on the global stage, and we commend Norway’s commitment to leading the way in these critical and challenging areas.”
Norway, through its Tax for Development programme, is supporting partner countries in increasing their tax revenues to better finance their own development and reduce poverty. While the Oil for Development looks at petroleum taxation in the context of integrated resource management, Tax for Development considers the taxation of non-renewable resources as an important element in the overall taxation policy and administration. While the perspectives and approaches are different, the main principles are the same so the two programmes complement one another (MFA, 2013b). The programme also reflected “a political wish to give higher priority to this area, as well as to see the tax-related work at country level in the context of Norway’s global efforts” (Norad, 2012). The MFA has overall responsibility over the programme, and the secretariat is located at Norad, serving as focal point for co-ordination, programme development, and quality control.