Financial overview of 2010

General overview

The following is a financial overview of funds allocated to OfD activities by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassies and Norad.

The funds allocated to OfD activities grew rapidly during the initial years of the programme. The last three years they have stabilized at above NOK 200 million per year (see figure 1). From 2009 to 2010, funding for OfD activities increased by 7 percent to NOK 222 million.


Figure 1: OfD activities, NOK million

Figure 1


Regions and countries

In 2010, the OfD funds were distributed among four main regions: Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Remaining disbursements are shown as “global”.


Table 1: Disbursements distributed by region in 2008, 2009 and 2010, NOK million*

The disbursements in the last three years indicate a prioritization towards Africa and Latin America, as illustrated in figure 2.


Table 1

* Table 1 and Table 2 include both OfD disbursements to specific countries, and disbursements which are not geographically allocated and thus referred to as “global”. the former include disbursements channelled via the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), environmental institutions, Petrad, civil society, research institutions and consultants, as well as embassy disbursements. The latter include allocations such as the World Bank Petroleum Governance Initiative (PGI) and Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR), Petrad’s eight-week programmes and some of the allocations to NGOS.


Figure 2: Disbursements distributed by region in 2008, 2009 and 2010, NOK million

Figure 2


The OfD programme allocates resources to three main groups: Core countries; Countries with limited cooperation; and Other OfD programmes. In accordance with OfD policy of prioritizing the cooperation with the Core countries, the largest portion of OfD funding was channelled towards these countries, accounting for 57.7 percent of available resources, see Table 2.


Table 2: Disbursements in 2009 and 2010, NOK million

Table 2


The following three figures show the disbursements for 2009 and 2010 for the three groups. Each figure is accompanied by a data table, showing the exact disbursements for the two years per country.

In the group of Core countries, one can observe a significant increase in dis-bursements to Uganda, Sudan and Ghana (see Figure 3). Mozambique and Nigeria have been provided less assistance in 2010 compared to 2009, mainly due to the fact that the main agreements came to an end. Since 2010, Madagascar is no longer an OfD core country.


Figure 3: Disbursements to Core countries in 2009 and 2010, in NOK million

Figure 3


Table 3: Disbursements to Core countries in 2009 and 2010, NOK million 

Table 3


For the 17 countries which received support for limited cooperation in 2009 and/or 2010, support was reduced from 2009 to 2010 in all but three countries – Ecuador, São Tomé and Príncipe and Cuba (a new partner country from 2010). Overall, the total disbursements to this group have been halved, which again is in line with the OfD programme’s intention of concentrating its efforts on fewer countries. Some countries which were included in 2009 are no longer part of the OfD programme, such as South-Africa and Zambia. Figure 4 below shows country disbursements amounting to more than NOK 1 million in 2010. Details for the remaining countries can be found in Table 4.


Figure 4: Disbursements to countries with limited cooperation in 2009 and 2010, in NOK million

Figure 4


Table 4: Disbursements to countries with limited cooperation in 2009 and 2010, NOK million

Table 4


For the group Other OfD programmes, total disbursements have increased slightly from 2009 to 2010, mainly due to the near doubling of funds to regional initiatives.

Figure 5: Disbursements to Other OfD programmes in 2009 and 2010, in NOK million

Figure 5


Table 5: Disbursements to Other OfD programmes in 2009 and 2010, NOK million

Table 5


The three main thematic areas

OfD activities in 2010 focused on resource management, environmental management, revenue management or “Other”. The fourth category (“Other”) includes activities related to local industry development, support to NGOs, etc. “Good governance” is not singled out specifically, given that this is a cross-cutting issue within all of OfD’s activities. Figure 6 gives an indication of the relative distribution between these four categories. Given that the three thematic areas are integrated, Figure 6 should be understood as an approximate illustration and not an exact distribution. With about 58 percent of total activities resource management still constitutes the largest component.*

* In 2009 the distribution was as follows: Resource management 58%; Environmental management 20%; Revenue management 11%; and Other 11%


Figure 6: Disbursements distributed according to thematic area, in percent (2010)

Figure 6



OfD funds are distributed through partner institutions. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and Petrad receive the largest share of funding for OfD activities (see Table 6).


Table 6: Disbursements made through major funding channels, in NOK million*

Table 6

* The table refers to firsthand recipients.

4. Includes Revenue Watch Institute, WWF Norway, Publish What You Pay, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, LO, SAIH and Friends of the Earth Norway.

5 In addition, approximately NOK 16 million was allocated to environmental activities in the OfD country programmes.