Facing the Resource Curse: Norway's Oil for Development Program
Launched in 2005 OfD is a program addressing resource, financial and environmental dimensions with a focus on capacity development in the public sector.
It is a flagship program in Norway’s development cooperation as it addresses a strategic sector at high policy, institutional and organisational levels; has built a network of international partners; allowed Norway to play a more visible role in a number of countries around the world, in large part because Norway is in fact the most important player in this field, which also means that OfD is one program where Norwegian support produces documentable and attributable results.
Results have been most important in the resource sector by strengthening institutional frameworks and key public sector actors. In the finance sector, when Norway has committed sufficient resources, important achievements have been produced, but the reach has so far been limited.