The Steering Committee
The Steering Committee for OfD consists of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (chair), the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Environment. The Steering Committee formulates strategic directions, guidelines and priorities for the Secretariat and the implementing agencies, and decides on major project proposals. The Committee also ensures overall quality assurance of the OfD programme.
The OfD Secretariat resides in Norad (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation). The Secretariat is responsible for coordination and implementation of the programme, including operational management, information exchange and facilitation of quality assurance It is the Secretariat, together with the respective ministries of the Steering Committee, which is responsible for the professional content of the programme.
The Norwegian embassies play an essential role in the OfD, as extensive development cooperation responsibility is assigned to them. The embassies hold local and regional knowledge and network extensively with government agencies, industry, civil society as well as international organizations and other donors in their respective countries. Requests for OfD assistance, as well as funding to the OfD country programmes, are usually channeled through the embassies.
Key implementing agencies include the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, the Climate
and Pollution Agency, The Directorate for Nature Management and Petrad (a non-profit Norwegian government foundation working
to facilitate knowledge and experience transfer on petroleum management).
The OfD also cooperates with consultancies and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, EITI and IMF.
The OfD programme supports capacity building of civil society organisations in the partner countries, including media institutions,
through Norwegian and international organisations. Thematically, the Norwegian NGOs work to build capacity within two main
areas: enhanced transparency and accountability in petroleum governance and revenue management; and environmental and social
sustainability in petroleum activities.