The Oslo Center was established in 2006 by former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and former Cabinet Minister Einar Steensnæs, as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The main areas of work have been peace, democracy and human rights, and through the years the mission of the center has increasingly focused on democracy assistance. The Oslo Center takes a holistic approach to democracy assistance, working with political institutions and processes including political parties, governance actors, civil society and independent commissions and offices. The Oslo Center is assisting partners in their institutional and organizational strengthening, rather than offering prescriptive programs and activities.

The Oslo Center approved a strategy in 2013, where the main focus was established to be on Democracy Assistance. A new strategy for 2021-2025 is currently under development, still focusing on the importance for SDG16 and functioning, strong and stable institutions.

The Oslo Center Annual Reports: