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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.

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Norway’s delivery modalities and partnerships

This chapter reviews Norway’s approach to delivering in partner countries and through partnerships to determine whether this is in line with the principles for effective development co-operation. Norway is a reliable and appreciated partner engaging in diverse partnerships that go beyond aid. Its ongoing focus on reducing the number of partner countries presents an opportunity to further improve the effectiveness of country level engagements and to align engagements with country priorities and processes. Clarifying the role of Norway’s embassies will be key to ensuring that Norway successfully links its global and country level objectives and leverages its influence with partner governments. Norway’s shift from bilateral to multilateral partnerships raises challenges, including the potential to contribute to fragmentation within the multilateral system.

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