The Oil for Development programme in Angola
Petroleum was discovered in Angola in 1955 and production commenced in the late 1950s and in the course of the 1960s. In 1973, oil production surpassed coffee as Angola's main export commodity.
With the discovery of deep-water fields in the late 1990s, oil production in Angola reached a considerable high and the country is currently the second biggest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria.
In 2014, the governments of Angola and Norway signed a five-year programme agreement. In 2017, activities focused mainly on safety and emergency preparedness issues, as well as general management of petroleum resources.
Key achievements 2017
Increased institutional capacity:
The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum (MIREMPET) improved its knowledge and capacity within core operational and technical safety engineering disciplines through workshops and advanced training courses.
Focusing on government interventions to monitor compliance within the existing regulations, a three step programme started in 2017. The programme combines capacity training and supervisory activities, and includes training in drilling in addition to well technology and process safety
Increased transparency and accountability:
Norwegian Church Aid partners used a combination of social monitoring, media campaigns, public debate and advocacy efforts to influence the Angolan government to comply with public demands and respond to evidence-based advocacy.
One example of a result from this effort in 2017 was the reopening of a primary school and medical centre that had been abandoned before completion of construction for more than six years. This was a result of four years of reporting on the situation and advocating for the projects to be completed.