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Democratization and quota policies in Africa

14 Jun 2012
What is the relationship between democratization and quota policies in Africa?

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.

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.

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.

Keeping a Sharp Eye

10 May 2012
Peter Vale explores a century of South African international relation from the point of view of cartoons. Cartoonists offer a "sharp eye" on foreign policy.

Migration into resource-rich Gulf economies

3 May 2012 | Seminar
Halvor Mehlum and Gry Østenstad on the political economy of migration policies.

The power of the masses

30 Mar 2012
Last year, discontent voters managed to get rid of Zambia's contested president Rupiah Banda. What is the success formula for overthrowing a regime based on electoral authoritarianism? Part of the answer lies in the urban masses.

Breakfast Forum: The Malawi Slippage - From democracy to autocracy

14 Mar 2012 | Breakfast Forum
Frøy Gudbrandsen (UiB) in conversation with Malawi activist Rafiq Hajat and Arne Tostensen (CMI)

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.

Contesting women's rights in Sudan

30 Nov 2011
The Sudanese government rejects ratification of CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. They do this in the name of Islam.

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.

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.

Actors, Power and Mobilisation under Ethnic Federalism by Lovise Aalen

10 Nov 2011 | Book Launch
What are the outcomes of ethnic self-rule, in combination with the power politics of an authoritarian regime?

Litigating Health Rights

31 Oct 2011 | Book launch
Alicia Ely Yamin and Siri Gloppen, the authors of the new book Litigating Health Rights, opens the Global Health Challenges week with a book launch of their book on health right litigation in Costa Rica, South Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

China in Africa. What does it mean for political development?

27 Oct 2011 | Dialogues at Chr. Michelsen Institute
Deborah Brautigam: China and Governance in Africa: What Do We Know? Shubo Li: Political Identity in China-Africa relations.

Follow the money: Financial secrecy, international taxation and development

17 Oct 2011 | Seminar
Illegal money flows from developing countries exceeds development assistance. Tax havens are used to facilitate these illegal flows through money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. Many of the major tax havens are European.

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.

Does democracy travel well? The role of donors in exporting democratic governance to sub-Saharan Africa

13 Oct 2011 | Seminar
The international donor community has been trying to promote democratic systems of governance in developing countries. Is progress being made?

Angola Research

30 Jun 2011 | New institutional co-operation agreement
CMI signs 24 mill NOK contract with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Luanda.

The Declining Governance Situation in Malawi

17 Jun 2011 | CMI Seminar:
Basic rights to assembly and expression have come under threat and accountability mechanisms are being undermined. A major standoff over threats to academic freedom and the closure of the university is ongoing. Peter Von Doepp discusses the unfolding situation in Malawi.

Democratic Renewal in Bangladesh

16 Jun 2011 | Seminar:
Democracy is fragile in Bangladesh. The new 2008 government promised change in politics and governance. Professor Rounaq Jahan, from the University of Colombia, explores the challenges faced by the new government.

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.

Deborah Brautingam: China in challenged democracies in Africa

12 May 2011 | Video:
There is economic growth in Africa. This is partly attributed to China's presence and economic investments in many African countries. What political challenges threatens democratization in Sub Saharan Africa and why?

Bernt Hagtvet in conversation with Elin Skaar on human rights in Latin America

13 Apr 2011 | Book salon
Elin Skaar's new book analyses the connections between transitional justice and judicial politics. She explores the role of courts in shaping options and trajectories of post-transitional justice - and concretely the chances of criminal prosecutions for past crimes in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

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.

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.

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.

Public Policies in Latin America: From Legal and Policy Commitments to Actual Participatory Processes

27 Oct 2010 | Mini Series on Latin America
Even if a formal commitment expressed in legal frameworks exists, participation is not always easy to implement, and not all societies are used to open spaces for a broader participation. Camilla Gianelli raise some questions regarding the risk of adopting participatory mechanisms as a recipe.

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.

U.S president Obama UN speech on Sudan

6 Oct 2010 | Video
Remarks by U.S. President Obama in a Ministerial Meeting on Sudan.

UNPAID DEBT: The Legacy of Lundin, Petronas and OMV in Sudan, 1997-2003

23 Jul 2010 | European Coalition on Oil in Sudan
With the report UNPAID DEBT, ECOS calls upon the oil companies Lundin Petroleum from Sweden, Petronas from Malaysia and Austria's OMV and their home governments to account for the injustices suffered by the victims of the oil wars in Block 5A.

A Benchmarks Report Card for Sudan

14 Jul 2010 | Enough Project press release
May 6, 2010 An independent review by six leading human rights and Sudan advocacy groups reveals that the Sudanese peace processes for Darfur and Southern Sudan show no significant progress. They are at best stagnating and at worst backsliding toward complete failure and a return to full-scale, national war.

CMI and Centre for Policy Dialogue signs a three-year agreement

25 Jun 2010 | New research cooperation in Bangladesh:
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted 15 million NOK to fund a three-year research and capacity building programme between CMI and the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) focusing on Inclusive Growth and Good Governance.

LRA: A Regional Strategy beyond Killing Kony

25 Jun 2010 | International Crisis Group - New Report
Nairobi/Brussels, 28 April 2010: To make an end of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) once and for all, national armies, the UN and civilians need to pool intelligence and coordinate their efforts in new and creative ways.

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.

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.

Courts and Power in Latin America and Africa

29 Apr 2010 | Book launch and lecture
Why do some high courts hold political branches to account and others not? What explains the judiciary´s strong or weak defense of rights? And what role are courts playing -or not playing- in strengthening democracy in Latin America and Africa?

Os CACS em Kalundula. Voice or accountability

17 Mar 2010
Este relatório apresenta alguns resultados do trabalho de campo realizado em Outubro-Novembro de 2008 em Kalandula, província de Malange, sobre experiências recentes com os novos Conselhos de Auscultação e Concertação Social. Este relatório também discute os resultados à luz das declarações políticas e das experiências internacionais com instituições similares.

Albie Sachs

15 Mar 2010 | Chr. Michelsen lecture:
Albie Sachs, Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa (1994-2009), and author of the book The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, held this year's Chr. Michelsen lecture.

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.

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

18 Feb 2010 | Political Accountability in Africa:
Professor Göran Hyden explores the role political accountability plays in assessing development prospects in Africa.

Power of Communication: Changes and Challenges in African Media

11 Feb 2010 | Book presentation:
In his new book Helge Rønning explores the role of the media in different parts of Africa plays in the political and social processes of change on the continent.

Michela Wrong: It's our turn to eat

10 Feb 2010 | Literary salon:
The story of a Kenyan whistle blower and Michela Wrong's latest book is a gripping account of both an individual caught on the horns of an excruciating moral dilemma and a continent at a turningpoint.

Addressing Maternal Mortality: What is the Added Value of Human Rights?

2 Feb 2010 | CMISeminar
Alicia Ely Yamin, Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights, and professor II at CMI, argues that using human rights approaches to effectively address maternal mortality challenges human rights paradigms as well as development practice.

Fixing the Political Market Place

1 Jan 2010 | The Chr. Michelsen Lecture
How can we make peace without functioning state institutions? The starting point of this lecture is that existing scholarly and policymaking approaches to fragile states have been premised on an analysis of what these countries are not, namely that they do not possess capable and autonomous state institutions that can manage political conflicts.

Talibanisation of Afghanistan and Pakistan?

13 Oct 2009
What threat do they pose to the stability of the Afghan and Pakistani state? What role do they play in international terrorism? Is there room for a negotiated settlement with these groups without abandoning democratization, development and basic human rights?