In collaboration with partner countries, the OfD Programme targets poverty reduction through responsible management of petroleum resources.
Photo: Ken Opprann

How we work

The operative goal of the OfD programme is “economically, environmentally and socially responsible management of petroleum resources which safeguards the needs of future generations”.

Assistance is demand-driven. The main approach of the OfD Programme is capacity development through institutional collaboration. This involves Norwegian public institutions entering into long-term cooperation agreements with public institutions in partner countries.

The Programme does not seek to export a single solution to sound petroleum governance. The assistance provided to a partner country shall be tailor-made to domestic conditions and demands.

The Programme has developed a set of criteria for the selection of the partner countries. The aim is to concentrate Norwegian efforts in countries where the OfD Programme «can make a difference».

Experience shows that the OfD Programme is most likely to achieve results when it is involved at an early stage of a country's petroleum activities, when the Programme that is agreed upon is comprehensive and long term, and when there is close cooperation with the government of the partner country.

Criteria for the selection of OfD countries for petroleum related assistance

  • Cooperation must be demand driven.
  • The country must be eligible for aid assistance under the OECD/DAC, or other financing must be supplied.
  • Significant petroleum production or potential must be present.
  • Norwegian experience and expertise must be relevant.
  • There must be an identified need for capacity- and competence building in public petroleum sector institutions.  
  • The country must be committed to implementing programme activities which improve governance of the petroleum  sector.
Published 29.10.2011
Last updated 12.09.2017