OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Norway 2013

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This book reviews development co-operation efforts of Norway over the past five years.  It examines both policy and implementation and takes an integrated, system-wide perspective on Norway's  development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities.



Managing Norway's development co-operation

Since 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad have reformed the management of Norwegian aid. Norad, for example, aligned its working structure with the Government’s new thematic priorities. Although Norad is distinct from the Ministry as a technical directorate, the division of responsibilities between the two institutions is not always clear cut, which was also an issue of concern in the last peer review. Norad continues to administer a sizable amount of Norway’s grant aid, even though its principal role should be one of quality assurance and knowledge manager. The embassies are fully decentralised, with the flexibility needed to respond to evolving country needs. A strategic, medium-term plan encompassing all activities could further enhance the transparency and accountability of Norway’s aid programme at the country level.


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