OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Norway 2019

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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.



Norway’s policy vision and framework

This chapter assesses the extent to which clear political directives, policies and strategies shape Norway’s development co-operation and are in line with international commitments, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Norway’s vision and its commitment to development co-operation are closely aligned to the 2030 Agenda, benefitting from high-level bipartisan political support. Strengthening the linkages between political directives and policies, and strategic management, will ensure that this vision is translated into effective programming. Norway’s approach to cross-cutting issues and its strategic approach to increasing support for the multilateral system and civil society organisations need further clarity. The increasing focus on fragile and crisis-affected contexts will also require more coherence between Norway’s diplomatic and development efforts.


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