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Building a taxpayer culture

4 Oct 2012 | Odd-Helge Fjeldstad's tax blog
The government's ability to collect taxes depends on people's and businesses' willingness to pay them. How do you convince them to pay their fair share?

Addressing the knowledge-gap on anti-corruption interventions

25 Sep 2012
Corruption poses a serious threat to sustainable development and security. Donors spend large sums in support of interventions to reduce corruption and ensure that their funds are used for the intended purposes. Yet, despite these investments, the causes of corruption are better understood than how to most effectively reduce corruption.

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.

Tax builds countries: A window of opportunity for Angola

14 Jun 2012 | Odd-Helge Fjeldstad's tax blog:
There is political will to strengthen the tax system in Angola. If properly designed and implemented, the new tax system can improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the public sector. One of the main challenges, however, will be to convince the citizens of Angola about the value of paying taxes. This will require not only reforms, but a major cultural shift.

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.

Do you want to write your MA thesis at CMI?

15 May 2012 | Application deadline 1 June
CMI offers private working space in an inspiring and challenging environment with dedicated development researchers and a specialized development studies library.

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.

Defining poverty from below

27 Feb 2012
A social class of ultra poor is becoming increasingly visible in Mozambique. Neither national authorities nor international donors are able to target them with their current poverty reduction policies.

Spurring a more informed public debate

21 Dec 2011
Ever since the end of the civil war in 2002, the Angolan government has invested heavily in construction activities. Does the government get value for money in their public investments? This question attracts attention in Angolan news media.

CANCELLED: Stein Sundstøl Eriksen: India in Africa

24 Nov 2011 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
The seminar has been cancelled and will be moved to January

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.

Diagnosing a weak parliament

14 Oct 2011 | New report
A number of measures can strengthen the Parliament of Bangladesh. CMI and the Bangladeshi think-tank CPD has published a report on the struggling democracy.

Troublesome peace

29 Sep 2011 | New report
The process of building peace and reintegrating insurgents in Afghanistan is failing. The political will isn't strong enough.

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.

Sima Samar: Human Rights, Reintegration and Reconciliation in Afghanistan

15 Mar 2011 | The Christian Michelsen Lecture 2011
We need dialog and negotiation, but we also need accountability and justice. Dr. Sima Samar gives the 2011 Christian Michelsen lecture.

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.

City limits: Urbanisation and vulnerability in Sudan

3 Feb 2011 | ODI Case Study
The rapid expansion of Sudan's towns and cities confronts humanitarian and development agencies with new and complex challenges.

Strategic assessment of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

3 Dec 2010 | Tender: Deadline 20 December
CMI / U4 is commissioning a strategic assessment of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre. Work is to be completed in January-April 2011.

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.

Paul Collier on the Plundered Planet

15 Oct 2010 | In Co-operation with Studentersamfunnet:
Who owns the planet's natural wealth found under water, below ground, and in the air? How do we reconcile our use of these assets with that of future generations?

Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit public address

13 Oct 2010 | Public speech
Read the public address of Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit on his return from the official visit to the United States of America.

Sudan: Regional Perspectives on the Prospect of Southern Independence

12 Jul 2010 | International Crisis Group - New Report
Nairobi/Brussels, 6 May 2010: If, as likely, South Sudan decides to secede from the North at its January 2011 self-determination referendum, it will need support from Sudan's neighbours to ensure the decision is respected and new conflict is prevented.

New U4 Director

6 Apr 2010
CMI welcomes, Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Hart, who is the new Director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (www.U4.no).

New Direction in the Development Cooperation with Africa?

23 Mar 2010 | Panel debate
The Danish Africa Commission recommends a refocused agenda for international development cooperation with Africa. Lars Engberg-Pedersen discusses the main recommendations from the report, then a panel with Kjell Harald Dalen from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and researchers from CMI debates new directions in the development cooperation with Africa.

Support to Legislatures

22 Feb 2010 | New Report:
Support to democracy building in developing countries increased after 1990. It is gradually seen less as a technical exercise and more as a challenging, politically sensitive area of cooperation.

Diversity and European Public Sphere

31 Oct 2008 | "The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law"
'What public sphere for Europe? asks professor Erik Oddvar Eriksen, Research Director at ARENA. The development of post-national democracy in Europe depends on the emergence of an overarching communicative space that functions as a public sphere.

Roads to Reconciliation: Transitional Justice in Norway and Beyond

4 Sep 2008 | Human Rights Symposium
How do societies deal with gross human rights violations after the end of violent conflict? This symposium critically examines the justice and reconciliation processes by comparing the Norwegian post-World War II experience to more recent cases from Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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.

People News

23 Oct 2007 | In Brief
Vigdis Anita Gåskjenn has started working at CMI as Head of Finance. Elin Skaar is appointed new Research Director for the Rights, Democracy and Development group.

Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Assessing the effects on violence and reconciliation

28 Jun 2007 | New Human Rights Project
What are the links between various transitional justice mechanisms and the degree of violence and reconciliation in the post-war or post-authoritarian period?

Voluntary Return to Afghanistan from Norway: What Happened?

28 Jun 2007 | New Project
CMI has won a tender to evaluate the programme "Return to Afghanistan" and its influence on returned refugees' reintegration process in Afghanistan.

Transitional Justice in Afghanistan

19 Apr 2007
Seminar with Nader Nadery on the controversial issue of transitional justice in Afghanistan.

Norwegian Refugee Council: Durable Management for Durable Solutions

16 Apr 2007 | Organisational Performance Review
NRC is very efficient, professional and creative when it comes to implementation of projects and emergency response. But the management routines and coordination need to be improved.

Afghanistan : An Assessment of Conflict and Actors.

6 Mar 2007
The situation in Faryab, north Afghanistan is characterised by a substantial military and political uncertainty. Violent acts could at any moment hamper the humanitarian and development efforts. It is a great challenge to manage to balance this relation and at the same time assist in developing these governmental bodies to strengthen their professionalism and legitimacy.

Evaluation of CMI: Successfully Competes in the Champions League

21 Dec 2006
"CMI is a "flagship" in the diverse fleet of Norwegian research institutions," concludes the recent evaluation commissioned by the Research Council of Norway.

Statebuilding and peacebuilding

13 Sep 2006
Should provisions for post-conflict statebuilding be included in the early phases of the peace process, including the peace agreement? If so, which are the most central provisions? Should the aid agencies that are active in post-conflict peacebuilding also play a role in the earlier phase of the peace process? These are the central questions in a new CMI study.

China in Africa: Threat or Opportunity?

21 Aug 2006
China has vastly increased its involvement in Africa in the last few years. China is emerging as a major economic and political player on the African continent. What are the implications of the accelerating trade and investment relations, the strong Chinese focus on African oil, the increase in Chinese aid, and the growing Chinese involvement in peacebuilding? Is Chinese aid emerging as an alternative to Western aid?

Religious Civil Society in Afghanistan

19 Apr 2006
In a new project, CMI and PRIO will examine the role and significance of religious groups and networks in the development of Afghan civil society. What are the potential lines of tension and collaboration among secular and religious civil society actors? The project intends to bring the role of religious actors to the centre of the civil society debate in Afghanistan's peace, reconciliation and development processes.

The Killing of Hariri

19 Oct 2005
This week, the UN-commission inquiring into the murder of Hariri are submitting their report to the UN Secretary General. Are Knudsen's new paper on Lebanon's fragile post-war decade, provides a detailed background to the attempts at rebuilding the country from war and the political events that culminated with the murder of Hariri.

Social Anthropologist

26 Aug 2005
CMI is currently seeking a researcher/social anthropologist for a full-time permanent position. The position is not linked to any particular research area or region. The new researcher will be a member of the social anthropology group (approx. 10 researchers).

Human Rights in the War on Terror

4 May 2005
Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut discusses human rights after 9/11, What are the effects on human rights of the military actions and anti-terror legislation that constitutes the "war on terror", in the USA as well as globally?

Political Corruption and Democracy- the Role of Development Assistance

3 May 2005
"Absolutely Spotless": Are Women Cleaner Public Actors than Men? asks CMI researcher Gisela Geisler in her essay. Geisler argues that the notion that women are less corrupt than men, and that more women reduce corruption and increases the efficiency of public spending and thus leads to poverty reduction, is the reverse of another older myth that kept women out of politics and public life.