The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights was established in 2006, by former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and former member of Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament) and Cabinet Einar Steensnæs. Their objective was to create a new platform in Norway for international peace and human rights efforts, where – together with staff members and partners – they could put to good use their experience and competence and the networks they had acquired over many years in domestic and international politics.
Since its establishment in 2006, the Oslo Center has developed into an independent, professional and politically relevant democracy assistance centre and a meeting place for experts, change agents and political actors. As the world moves towards democracy, the Oslo Center provides comparative knowledge and shared practical experiences, and creates meeting places for conflict prevention, dialogue and the strengthening of responsible leadership.
Our vision is a world consisting of stable democracies respecting equality, human dignity and human rights. Our mission is to be an independent, non-partisan democracy assistance center that assists the strengthening of democratic political institutions and processes.