OfD projects, Core countries


In 2010, OfD had long-term cooperation programmes with eight core countries: Angola, Bolivia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Timor-Leste and Uganda.

In Madagascar the programme remained inactive all throughout 2010 due to the political situation, and on the basis of this Madagascar is no longer considered an OfD core partner country. A future decision to resume cooperation will be based on a thorough evaluation of the cooperation thus far.

Assistance to core partner countries involves long-term capacity building and institutional cooperation with relevant government agencies, normally within some or all of the areas of resource management, revenue management and environmental management.


The formal criteria for OfD assistance:

  • Cooperation must be demand-driven.
  • The country must be eligible for aid assistance under the OECD Development Assistance Committee (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 aimed at improving governance of the petroleum sector.
  • Due to overall capacity constraints, few new countries are likely to qualify as core partner countries in the OfD programme. In addition to the formal criteria for OfD cooperation, as outlined above, it must be considered likely that civil society (including media) can play a role in holding the government accountable for its petroleum sector management. Plans for implementing the EITI-criteria will be seen as an advantage.