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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 financing for development

This chapter considers how international and national commitments drive the volume and allocations of Norway’s official development assistance (ODA). It also explores Norway’s other financing efforts in support of the 2030 Agenda. Norway’s commitment to provide 1% of gross national income (GNI) as ODA is underpinned by broad public and political support. As Norway is working increasingly through the multilateral system, the use of funds managed by multilateral organisations has increased significantly since 2013. Core funding has not increased at the same rate, and the share of core funding to multilateral institutions relative to earmarked funding has reduced. In addition, the share of country programmable aid and allocations for least developed countries have fallen. Norway is a strong supporter of domestic resource mobilisation and effectively promotes development finance additional to ODA.

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