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Reality defeats good intentions: The power of religious leaders in Touba

27 Nov 2015
Legislation is a widely used tool for increasing the number of women in politics. But laws seeking to promote gender parity come short in facing the ‘sociological realities’ in Senegal, as the case of the holy city of Touba shows.

Policing the Favelas: Reform, Rank, and Resistance in Rio’s Pacifying Police Units

24 Mar 2015 | Rio, March 2015
Felipe doesn’t like it much, shootouts occur almost every day, but he knows that he can’t show any signs of weakness, so he tries to keep up appearances. Two weeks after arriving at Fazendinha he was shot in a confrontation with armed traffickers.

A tale of three cities

29 Sep 2014
Maputo has been depicted as a ‘divided city’. How do the people living there imagine and engage with the city’s different urban spaces? A CMI research project, culminating in the film 'Maputo emergente. Visualising an African divided city' to be made by the Mozambican film-company ANIMA, explores this issue.

Rebuilding Somalia's Failed State: Alternative scenarios

8 May 2014
Is Somalia a failed state? Where can Somalia go from here and how can the country be rebuild?

Rebuilding Angola

30 Jan 2014
Since 2002, the Angolan government has invested 55 billion dollars in rebuilding the country's infrastructure. Angola has also rebuilt the once bustling Benguela railway all the way from the port of Lobito to neighbouring countries of DR Congo and Zambia. -The efforts to rebuild and strengthen the transport sector are crucial to development and economic growth in Angola as well as for the region, says Ana Duarte and Regina Santos.

Security in public spaces

29 Jan 2014 | Breakfast Forum

Defying the international expert community in Afghanistan

20 Dec 2013
There has been much debate on whether Afghanistan's informal justice practices should be integrated in the country's official justice system. Who should decide such an issue? Local activists claiming that these practices violate human rights, international researchers arguing that they are an undeniable part of Afghan 'reality' or military actors claiming that informal justice is necessary to win the war against the insurgents?

What happens if Chávez dies? (And why do they love him so much?)

10 Dec 2012
Plaza Bolívar in the center of Caracas was filled with people today. Most people wore red t-shirts with images of the Chávez. A boy was sitting on his father´s shoulders, waiving with a doll of Chávez clad in military outfit.

What is there to learn from Hugo Chavez?

26 Jan 2012
During the past decade, Venezuela has used revenue from the oil sector to reduce poverty and foster social development. Questions of social inequalities are high up on the political agenda, says Iselin Åsedotter Strønen.

A woman's world

16 Dec 2011
An increasing number of poor women in Namibian shantytowns form their own households and female social networks. Men are not part of their family coping strategies.

What will two Norwegian ministers achieve in Angola?

21 Nov 2011
Angola suffers from gross inequality, widespread poverty and a reputation for authoritarianism and corruption. However, this does not scare off foreign investors. The former Portuguese colony is enormously rich in natural resources, and is a main destination for Norwegian investments in Africa.

Doing and Undoing Gender: African Voices Inside and Outside the Academy

19 May 2011 | Seminar
African states continue to undergo change and upheaval. While some struggle with authoritarian and military regimes, almost all, whether multi-party democracies or dictatorships, whether "free market" or socialist, have experienced "the failure of male-dominated" politics, says Akosua Adomako Ampofo.

Cycles of violence? Three issues and a question

2 May 2011 | 2011 World Development Report:
Astri Suhrke and Ingrid Samset challenge the analysis in the World Development Report: What is the purpose of this statistical analysis? Good policy must be based on nuanced research.

The Politics of Exile in Latin America

3 Jun 2010 | CMI Seminar
Exile has been present in Latin America since colonial times. After independence from Spain and Portugal, Latin American nation states have actively used exile as a regulatory political mechanism preferable to prison or execution, in dealing with opposition that various governments have been unable to assimilate into their political systems.

Beirut: Globalization, communautarism and urban conflict

18 Feb 2010 | CMISeminar:
Lebanon remains the hostage of regional geopolitics. Foreign powers manipulate the Lebanese factions because of the socio-economic conditions that have rendered the majority of the population completely dependent. Professor Fabrice Balanche explorescontemporary Beirut in this seminar.

Spacio-cide: Colonial politics, invisibility and rezoning in Palestinian territory

19 Feb 2009 | CMI Seminar:
The Israeli colonial project is 'spacio-cidal' targeting land to render an inevitable 'voluntary' transfer of the Palestinian population. Professor Sari Hanafi is visiting scholar at CMI.

Land and Law

27 Nov 2007 | New Human Rights Project
In Africa and Latin America the conditions of rights to land are commonly characterised by ambiguous rules and norms that are intimately connected to the construction and inequality of both national and local social structures and ethnic and religious identities.

Ethnographies of Aid and Development

31 May 2007 | Seminar with Dr David Lewis
The success of any international development agency depends on an understanding of the ways in which a community and individuals relate to ideas and resources, argues Dr. David Lewis from the London School of Economics.

Social Relations of Rural Poverty in Mozambique

20 Dec 2006
CMI presents the first report in a series of three qualitative studies on poverty in Mozambique. The study looks into people's own emic perceptions of poverty, and offers a host of policy implications.

Indonesia expert

29 Aug 2006
Dr. Kari Telle is a Social Anthropologist who has worked extensively on issues related to socio-religious change in Indonesia. Telle will work on the new Politics of Faith programme where she will study religious mobilization and the politics of 'security' in post-Suharto Indonesia.

Tribal Peoples, Nationalism and the Human Rights Challenge

19 Aug 2005
In her book on The Adivasis of Bangladesh, Senior researcher Tone Bleie brings together a discussion of minority and indigenous rights with a social science analysis of how ethnic discrimination impacts on poverty processes and outcomes. She argues that colonial and post-colonial states compulsively produce majorities and minorities, marginalizing minorities with scant citizenship rights.