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New CMI project on Latin-America and the Middle East

18 Jan 2013
The Norwegian MFA has granted 11,567 million NOK for the next three years for a CMI research project on military-civilian relations in Latin-America and the Middle East.

Five RCN-projects to CMI

14 Dec 2012
Five research projects from CMI were granted funding from the Research Council of Norway last week.

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.

Women in the market: Equal opportunities?

28 Nov 2012
A field experiment from Tanzania shows that business training improves sales and profit figures for men, but has no effect for women's business performance. -Promoting development among female entrepreneurs is challenging and needs comprehensive measures. We need to pay more attention to the external constraints that limit their possibilities, says Bertil Tungodden.

Vietnam makes haste but not speed on anti-corruption

31 Oct 2012
Vietnam scores poorly on international measures of corruption. The Communist Party is trying to clean up public life, but progress is slow. Meanwhile, critique increases as corruption and rent-seeking impairs further economic growth.

Facilitating small businesses: The Ethiopian experience

31 Oct 2012
The Ethiopian government has followed a top-down cluster development strategy by constructing working premises for small businesses. So far more than 2075 working premises have been built with a total cost of over 300 million birr. Why do most of the premises remain empty despite highly subsidized rent?

Born in the USA

24 Oct 2012
This year, Professor Philippe Bourgois from the University of Pennsylvania was invited speaker at the Bergen Summer Research School (20-22 June), co-hosted by the CMI. During his visit, he was interviewed on his long-term research among drug-addicts in inner-city US ghettos. His research will be linked to a new program on urbanization and urbanity at CMI (Nefissa naguib and Are Knudsen).

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.

The polarisation to come

14 Aug 2012 | Angola Election 2012
On 31st of August voters in Angola will elect a new parliament and a president. It is already clear that the dice are loaded. Despite the low quality of the elections and the machinations of the incumbent - is Angola on the path to democracy?

Strengthening social anthropology in Mozambique

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

Social science research in India

13 Jun 2012
A full day workshop on India research with a focus on the social sciences.

Africa loses big money on tax breaks

11 Jun 2012
Many African states could raise substantial tax revenues. Instead they race to offer foreign investors the most favorable tax treatment.

Democratic Imperatives

8 Jun 2012
A new report documents measures that can make government and politics more responsive, more accountable and more transparent and enable citizens to take a greater role in governing themselves.

Breaking the landlords' hold on labourers

31 May 2012
The transition from a feudal to a modern economy has changed the labour market in Nepal. There are more and better paid jobs available, also outside the agricultural sector. Yet, some Nepalese labourers in rural areas continue to have coercive traditional contracts with landlords. Government programmes can help poor families out of these contracts through access to insurance, credit and social services.

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.

Bergen Seminar in Development Economics

14 May 2012
How does the strategic interaction between modern law and customs work? How poor are the poor? These are among the questions that will be discussed in the Bergen Seminar in Development Economics.

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

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.

Bangladesh conference: New Context and New Challenges

19 Apr 2012
Reducing poverty and improving governance require evidence-based approaches that also pay attention to the political scope for reform.

A way out of child labour

30 Mar 2012
Economic compensation to families who let their children go to school is the best way to reduce child labour.

Flammable societies. The socio-economics of oil and gas

29 Mar 2012 | Book salon:
Politics, inequality and poverty in resource-rich countries. Michael Alvarez invites the authors John McNeish and Logan Owen to probe into the impact of oil and gas industry.

The Christian Michelsen lecture 2012: Sendhil Mullainathan: Poor thinking

15 Mar 2012 | The Christian Michelsen lecture 2012
What are the irrational choices we make that perpetuate poverty, corruption, discrimination?

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.

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.

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.

Religious minorities in the Middle East

20 Feb 2012 | Literary salon
Literary Salon with Anne Sofie Roald and Turid Smith Polfus.

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.

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.

Odd Arne Westad: Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

23 Jan 2012 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
Are we witnessing a power shift from the West to the East?

Chasing untraceable money

18 Jan 2012
Current efforts to combat money laundering in the informal financial sector have had very limited effects. Informal money transfer systems cannot be treated and controlled like formal banks, says CMI advisor Jesper Johnsøn in a newly published article.

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.

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.

Den brasilianske utfordringen

20 Dec 2011 | Kronikk
Brasil er i ferd med å bli en svært sentral samarbeidspartner for Norge. Relasjonen vil teste vår evne til å forholde oss til stadig viktigere ikke-vestlige nasjoner.

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.

Do policies have the intended impact? How can we measure institutional change?

9 Dec 2011
Get an update of trends in impact evaluation.

The Bergen Seminar in Development Economics

6 Dec 2011
Professor Sonia Bhalotra discusse sex-selective abortions in India. Professor Kalle Moene discusses international index rankings.

Feilslått Afghanistan-strategi

1 Dec 2011
Etter ti år har det internasjonale prosjektet i Afghanistan oppnådd lite. Fremtiden er usikker for afghanerne. -Vi har skapt en afghansk stat som er helt avhengig av støtte utenfra, sier CMI-forsker Astri Suhrke. Overgangen blir vanskelig. Likevel mener hun at nedbygging av den enorme internasjonale tilstedeværelsen er den eneste løsningen.

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.

Advarer mot rigid praksis i anti-korrupsjonsarbeid

18 Nov 2011
I en ny rapport om anti-korrupsjon anbefales giverlandene å ha en fleksibel tilnærming i korrupsjons- og misligholdssaker. En rigid og firkantet anti-korrupsjons-praksis kan få «alvorlige negative konsekvenser». sier Jesper Johnsøn i ny U4 rapport.

The imagined and the real: Hadrami mobilities in the western Indian Ocean

16 Nov 2011 | Seminar
Hadramawt, in southeastern Yemen, has been a point of departure of emigrants for centuries. How do the emigrants maintain relationships with one another? What are their strategies?

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.

Mission Impossible: The arduous road to peace in Sri Lanka

11 Nov 2011
Norwegian attempts to bring the festered conflict in Sri Lanka to an end were futile. An evaluation of the Norwegian peacebuilding efforts concludes that Norway should have pulled out in 2006.

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.

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.