Despite spectacular oil led economic growth, Angola remains a strikingly unequal society. Political power remains in the hands of President José Eduardo dos Santos and the MPLA party. 

In October 2012, Angola announced the creation of a Sovereign Wealth Fund to manage its oil income in foreign investments. This marks the rise of Angola as a major economy in Africa, one that is also expanding beyond its borders.  The country is the principal focus of Norwegian economic interests in Africa. Norwegian oil companies have invested some USD ten billion in the country.  

Angola has potential for its citizens as well as for foreign investors, but will the country be able to transform growth into development?  How should one balance benefits to Angola’s citizens and foreign investors? Will its democratic institutions consolidate stability, or will stability entail perpetuation of past authoritarian traits?

This seminar aims to be an arena for Norwegian and Angolan stakeholders. We will discuss social, political and economic developments in Angola - and Norwegian - Angolan relations. 

The seminar will take place in Bergen at the Bergen Resouce Centre for International Development.

Programme Angola Seminar

There is no conference fee, but participants must arrange and pay for their own accommodation, travel and meals outside the conference.

Please register by sending an email to
Registration deadline: 29 November

We have reserved rooms at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel. To get the CMI rate, you must use the reference code CEIC281112.

Contact person: Ingrid Hoem Sjursen

Getting from city centre to CMI

Getting to from Scandic Hotel to CMI


Commissioned Report | 2012

A way out of violent conflict. The impact of transitional justice on peace and democracy

Elin Skaar, Camila Gianella Malca and Trine Eide (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Commissioned report) 178 p.
Angola Brief | 2012

Angola health survey: Opportunities to reduce maternal and newborn mortality

In Angola, every tenth child dies before the age of one. 40% of these deaths happen within 28 days of birth. Angola has among the highest maternal and child mortality...
Ingrid Hoem Sjursen (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Angola Brief vol. 2 no. 3) 4 p.
Book Chapter | 2012

Assigned corporate social responsibility in a rentier state: The case of Angola

What responsibilities do oil companies in Angola have to improve the situation of the Angolan population? Standard corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects have little effect where the rents from natural...
Arne Wiig and Ivar Kolstad (2012)
in Päivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad : High-value natural resources and post-conflict peacebuilding . Oxford: Earthscan pp. 147-154
Journal Article | 2012

If diversification is good, why don't countries diversify more? The political economy of diversification in resource- rich countries

For resource-rich countries, diversification is claimed to represent a strategy for reducing resource curse problems. This, however, depends on whether diversification has a positive effect on the country’s institutions. While...
Arne Wiig and Ivar Kolstad (2012)
in Energy Policy vol. 40 no. 1 pp. 196-203
Conference Paper / Presentation | 2012

Reflections on the tax reform process in Angola. and why tax incentives should be avoided

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2012)
Presented at: Annual Conference Relatório Económico de Angola. Centro de Estudos e Investigação Científica (CEIC), Universidade Católica de Angola (UCAN), Luanda, 6 June, 2012