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Norwegian aid is wasted

21 Jun 2013
Or isn't it? Do aid efforts to reduce child mortality actually work? Do projects aimed at female empowerment lead to less violence against women?

M. Cherif Bassiouni: International criminal justice in the era of growing globalization

30 May 2013 | Marking the 70th birthday of Astri Suhrke:
M. Cherif Bassiouni an international United Nations war crimes expert, often called "The Godfather of International Criminal Law". Professor Bassiouni has served in numerous United Nations positions, including Chair of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Libya (2011) and UN Commission on Human Rights for Afghanistan (2004-06).

Ikke mer fred å få

5 Apr 2013
Ingen viktige fredsavtaler er inngått i verden de siste åtte årene. De fleste «intern-konflikter» er ikke det de gir seg ut for å være. De er deler av internasjonale konfliktsystemer der eksterne aktører spiller helt sentrale roller, skriver Gunnar M. Sørbø i en utenriksanalyse i Morgenbladet.

Women's battles outside the Western feminist tradition

22 Mar 2013
The late Hugo Chavez proclaimed himself a feminist and opened up new arenas for women's activism in Venezuela. Poor women challenged their traditional roles as mothers and wives and took a collective step into the public sphere. Yet, their struggle is not so much about women's liberation from a Western feminist perspective as it is a fight for alleviating poverty and opening up new spaces for women's political participation.

Heading for trouble in Afghanistan

26 Sep 2012
With the support of NATO and the US, Afghan warlords are regaining strength. -The international community has chosen a dangerous path, warns researcher Akbar Sarwari.

Africa needs international tax regulations

17 Sep 2012
Developing countries could raise substantial domestic revenues by strengthening tax legislation and administration, but a lack of global regulations to address cross-border tax evasion is slowing down the process.

Women's representation in African Parliaments: Empowering women?

29 Jun 2012
Electoral gender quotas have changed the representation of women in politics. Africa is pioneering. Rwanda is currently the only country in the world with more women than men in the national parliament.

Strengthening social anthropology in Mozambique

22 Jun 2012
CMI-researchers cooperate with the Department of Anthropology at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo.

Joining forces against corruption in Liberia

31 May 2012
A recent U4-workshop in Liberia has clarified obstacles and strengthened the cooperation on anti-corruption between donors, local and central authorities in Liberia. This paves the way for better donor support and government action, says U4-adviser Jesper Johnsøn.

China in Africa: Myth and Reality

21 May 2012
The case of the Chinese involvement in Mozambique's agriculture

Caught between rape and adultery

21 May 2012
Sudanese women activists launch reform initiatives to bring justice to rape victims. Non-governmental and governmental actors alike advocate for change. -International donors should seize this window of opportunity and facilitate dialogue between different stakeholders in Sudan, says CMI-researcher Liv Tønnessen.

Moderate reforms are more likely to succeed

14 May 2012
-Moderate reforms can have a positive magnet effect on traditional oppressive social norms, says Jean-Philippe Platteau.

Economic Uncertainty and Corruption

11 May 2012
Rajeev Goel will present a large cross-country dataset on the nexus between economic uncertainty and corruption. prevalence of corruption

Borte bra, men hjemme best? Assistert retur av asylsøkere

2 May 2012 | Frokostforum
Ekspedisjonssjef for innvandringsavdelingen i Justis- og Beredskapsdepartementet Thor Arne Aass, assisterende direktør på CMI, Arne Strand og Halvar Andreassen Kjærre i samtale med Frøy Gudbrandsen.

Economic growth does not eradicate undernourishment

26 Apr 2012
South Asia has gone through a period of strong economic growth the past two decades. GDP per capita has more than doubled over twenty years. Surprisingly, better economic conditions have not led to improved nutrition in South Asia. The number of undernourished children is almost at the same level today as it was twenty years ago.

Hunting for per diems

23 Apr 2012
Allowances, or per diems, have become an important source of income for civil servants in sub-saharan Africa. -Existing practices need to be revised, says CMI-researcher Tina Søreide.

Bistand i feil ende

28 Feb 2012
Fleirtalet av afghanarane har sett lite av den positive utviklinga som vart lova då internasjonale styrkar gjekk inn i landet i 2001. Ei oppbygging av tryggingsstyrkar og bistand mot konfliktområda har blitt prioritert, men ikkje gjeve dei forventa resultata.

Gold over love: Making sense of corporate community development projects

27 Feb 2012
Corporate community development projects typically do not fail due to incompetence. They fail because promoting development is not their underlying objective. Making money is.

Jon Lomøy: After Busan: Is a new global partnership for development possible?

30 Jan 2012 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa

Flammable societies?

24 Jan 2012
Despite the discovery of oil and gas, most countries rich in natural resources are still economically troubled and conflict-ridden. -Resources are not only tied to financial value, but also to social identity and cosmology. Current explanations of the resource curse fail to consider historical grievances and the significance of social territorialism, says John-Andrew McNeish in his newly published book Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-Economics of Oil and Gas.

The complexity of religious domination

10 Jan 2012
In Jordan, churches and mosques are situated side by side. In Sudan, religious minorities can hold powerful positions, but rarely do. Religious domination is not a question of black or white.

Diversifying an oil rich economy: Why and how?

9 Jan 2012
Policies for diversification should focus on international regulation that affects elite incentives, rather than on domestic industrial policy in countries where the economy is in the hands of a few, concludes researchers.

Faith-based food justice

6 Jan 2012 | Nefissa Naguib blogs from Cairo:
Our faith drives us. We do our work with respect and humility. Our aim is to facilitate the distribution of food for every Egyptian who needs it, without discrimination between women or men, Muslim or Christian."

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.

Ja til økt innvandring

2 Dec 2011 | Kronikk
Norge bør ta i mot flere ikke-vestlige innvandrere, og det er gode grunner til å være integreringsoptimist.

Ufrivilleg retur for frivillege irakarar

22 Nov 2011
Sidan oppstarten i 2008 har 1470 irakiske asylsøkjarar returnert til heimlandet gjennom IRRINI-programmet. Programmet er basert på frivilleg heimreise. Sjølv om fleirtalet av dei returnerte er nøgde med programmet, syner ei ny evaluering at dei fleste irakarane opplever returen som langt frå frivilleg.

Strengthening Norwegian-Brazilian cooperation

15 Nov 2011
A new collaboration project between Chr. Michelsen Institute and the University of Brasilia strengthens the academic bonds between Norway and Brazil. The project aims to explore the role of armed forces in transitions to democracy.

Voluntary return to Iraq is a last resort

14 Nov 2011
1470 Iraqi asylum seekers have returned to Iraq through IRRINI, a Norwegian programme for voluntary return. The majority of the returnees are content with the programme, concludes an evaluation, but they do not see the return as voluntary. IRRINI is the last resort for a dignified return.

Closing the know-do gap in health care

7 Nov 2011
Tanzanian health workers do not convert enough of their knowledge into practice. As a consequence, patients are inadequately examined. Building a stronger professional ethic could urge health workers to raise their standards.

Global solutions to global challenges?

3 Nov 2011 | Global Health Challenges
Health challenges are a common concern in the era of globalisation. How can we make sure children get high quality health services?

Litigating their way to better health

2 Nov 2011
Litigating health rights does make a difference. However, it varies to whom. Court cases brought by NGOs often contribute to better health care for the poor. Other cases primarily benefit middle class people who have resources to go to court.

Sjur Kasa: Negotiating a new Climate Order - The Case of Brazil

20 Oct 2011 | Dialogues at CMI
Brazil has emerged as the BASIC-group member willing to move furthest towards binding emission cuts. Will Brazil be able to maintain this position?

A choice between cancer and AIDS?

5 Jun 2011 | Election in Peru:
On June 5th, a new Peruvian president will be elected in a runoff between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori. The two candidates, for different reasons, raises concerns writes Camila Gianella.

Afrikanske utfordringer - En innføring i afrikansk politikk

19 May 2011 | Boksalong:
Hvorfor er det så vanskelig å etablere velfungerende statsapparater i landene sør for Sahara? Ragnhild Louise Muriaas vil i samtale med Lise Rakner drøfte Muriaas nye bok og diskutere ulike årsaksforklaringer.

Political economy analysis of the UN Convention against Corruption

9 Feb 2011 | Seminar
The UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is arguably the most advanced and most global anti-corruption treaty. Its topical and geographic scope raises questions of adaptability. U4 coordinator Hannes Hechler presents a political economy analysis of UNCAC and its implementation processes.

Sorry for the inconvenience: Rebuilding Egypt

3 Feb 2011 | Nefissa Naguib blogs from Cairo:
Driven by solidarity and national pride, the Lotus Revolution pulled order out of chaos. By now the military chiefs know that citizens who took control of their lives and future will know how to do to it again.

The Development of Local Governance in Rural Nepal

13 Dec 2010 | Seminar
Through the last fifty years Nepal has gone from a strong monarchy, via a parliamentarian constitutional monarchy, followed by a Maoist insurgency and revival of monarchic rule, to a multiparty (soon federal) republic. Annelies Ollieuz will present som findings from her fieldwork in a village near Biratnagar, in many ways the birthplace of modern democracy in Nepal.

The Virtual Museum: Connecting the Humanities, Visual Technologies and Community Development

8 Dec 2010 | Seminar
What opportunities do virtual museums create for dialog between diverse communities? How can virtual museums contribute to a development paradigm that moves beyond enduring conceptions of aid as a one-way transaction? How can digital media positively augment these processes?

Why Sudan's Popular Consultation Matters

22 Nov 2010 | USIP Special Report
This report examines Sudan's popular consultation, an ongoing process whereby the people of the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile will democratically and popularly assess the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and determine whether it satisfactorily reflects the aspirations of the people.

Is Energy Nationalism a Problem in Latin America?

31 Aug 2010 | Debate
How do different models of ownership over natural resources affect poverty levels and social conflicts in Latin America? Who stand to gain and who stand to lose from nationalizing natural resources? And what do "natural resources" really mean for different groups in society?

Guatemala: Violence and Insecurity after the Peace

19 May 2010 | Seminar in Oslo:
The aim of this seminar is to take stock of the situation in Guatemala regarding poverty, security and indigenous rights and analyze the root causes of the disappointing developments following the signing of the peace accords in 1996.

Finn Tarp: Aid, Growth, and Development

19 May 2010 | CMI Seminar
The question of foreign aid's impact on economic growth and development is highly controversial and excites polarised opinions. In this seminar Professor Tarp will provide a balanced overview of the academic literature that has evaluated the effectiveness of aid across countries. Focus will be on the aggregate impact of aid; that is, its effect on country-wide indicators, putting both recent and past literature and insights in perspective.

Does corruption reduce oil production?

14 Dec 2009 | Governing oil in developing country contexts:
Farouk Al-Kasim, "the Iraqi who saved Norway from oil", instrumental as he was in establishing the Norwegian Petroleum Administration and Directorate. Since 1991 he has advised developing countries on the organisation and regulation of their petroleum sector.

Ending Aid Dependence in Africa

3 Dec 2009 | Seminar in the Resource Centre
"Africa must end the pathology of aid dependence in Africa." Yash Tandon proposes a strategy of increased national and regional 'self-reliance'.

Rights and Legal Empowerment in Eradicating Poverty

24 Nov 2008 | Book launch in Oslo
Empowering the poor requires more than simply a transfer of resources; it entails the creation of sound legal and political frameworks which specifically address the needs of the poor and vulnerable and hold political and administrative leaders accountable for policy failures.

Can Africa's Leaders Promote Democracy? The Case of Zimbabwe and SADC

11 Sep 2008 | CMI Seminar
Ambassador Mussagy Jeichande from Mozambique's Ministry of Foreign Affairs discusses the situation in Zimbabwe, and on the current role of SADC (Southern African Development Community).

Impacts of Low-cost Land Certification on Investment and Productivity

28 May 2008 | CMI Seminar
New land reforms are again high on the policy agenda and low-cost, pro-poor reforms are being tested in poor countries. Stein T. Holden, professor at the Norwegian University of Life Science, looks at the Tigray region in Ethiopia.

Edging closer to the Soviet Trap

20 Feb 2008 | What next for Afghanistan?
"The weakening resolve" in Afghanistan, argues Astri Suhrke, reflects growing European concern that the strategy staked out by Washington may be neither realistic nor desirable.