Financial owerview of 2009


General overview

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

In general the overview shows that funds grew rapidly during the initial years of the programme, but then stabilized from 2008 (NOK 205 million) to 2009 (NOK 207 million).


Figure 1:
OfD activities, NOK million

OfD activities, NOK million



Regions and countries


Table 1:
Budget allocations distributed by region, in NOK 1 0001

Table 1

Table 1 shows how resources are distributed among the four regions covered by OfD’s activities. Remaining allocations are shown as “global”. 56 percent of the OfD funds distributed by country go to activities in African countries.


Figure 2:
Allocations distributed by region, in percent (2009)

Allocations distributed by region, in percent (2009)

1 - Table 1 and 2 include both OfD disbursements that can be broken down on a country level, and disbursements which cannot and which are thus referred to as “global”. The former include disbursements channelled via the 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 (GGFR), Petrad’s eight-week courses and most of the allocations to Civil Society organizations. In Table 2, Petrad’s regional activities and regional activities handled from the Embassies are shown as “regional”. 2 - M iddle East includes Afghanistan.


Table 2:
Distribution of budget funds by country, in NOK 1 000

Table 2

Table 2 shows the country-wise distribution of funds for 2009 compared to 2008. Support for OfD activities in core countries such as Angola, Bolivia, Ghana and Timor-Leste increased from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, 65 percent of the country-wise distributed funds were directed to the nine core cooperation countries. A marked increase from 2008 to 2009 is seen in Angola, Ghana, Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. There is also an increased support to regional initiatives, mainly through Petrad’s regional seminars.

1— All bilateral support to Madagascar was frozen from late March 2009.



The three main thematic areas


Figure 3 shows how OfD activities in 2009 focused on either resource management, environmental management or revenue management. The fourth category includes activities related to local industry development, support to NG Os, etc. As the three thematic issues are integrated, Figure 3 should be understood as an illustration and not an exact distribution. Activities focusing on resource management still constitute the largest part with a share of about 58 percent, but its weight relative to the other issues has been reduced.

Figure 3:
Allocations distributed by the thematic areas, in percent (2009)


Allocations distributed by the thematic areas, in percent (2009)




Table 3:
Budget allocations made through major funding channels, in NOK 1000


Table 3

Table 3 shows how OfD funds are distributed between key partner institutions. The NPD and Petrad are the two institutions receiving the largest part of the funding for activities. In 2009, Norad entered into an agreement with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for funding of capacity building in higher education institutions in the South.


1 - The table refers to firsthand recipients.

2 - In addition, NOK 11.4 million was allocated to environmental activities directly from the OfD secretariate.

3 - Includes Revenue Watch Institute, Publish What You Pay, Global Witness, WWF Norway, NP A, LO, SAIH, Norwegian Society for the conservation of Nature/Friends of the Earth Norway.