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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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

"Women's fight against violence and for justice in northern Sudan"

26 Aug 2011 | Student Scholarship
A scholarship is offered to a master student in social sciences, law or gender studies to conduct fieldwork and write a master thesis on a topic related to gender based violence in northern Sudan.

Latin American and African Perspectives

24 Jun 2011 | Seminar Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities:
Anne Hellum and Rachel Sieder share perspectives, experiences and thoughts on gender justice and legal pluralities in Africa and Latin America based on long-term fieldworks and extensive scholarship on the subject.

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.

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.

Politics and Transition in the New South Sudan

13 Apr 2011 | International Crisis Group report
Now that South Sudan's self-determination has been realised, long-suppressed grievances and simmering political disputes have re-surfaced, threatening instability on the eve of independence.

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.

Security Sector Reform Monitor: Southern Sudan

4 Feb 2011 | CIGI report
This paper answers questions regarding the future of the SPLMA, examines possible new political alliances between the north and Southern Sudan, and considers the possibility for ethnic violence against Southern Sudanese living in the north if the south secedes.

Focus days 2010: Afghanistan/Pakistan

20 Oct 2010
Peter Marsden, Jonas Gahr Støre, Kai Eide, Kristian Berg Harpviken, Arne Strand, Orzala Ashraf Nehmat, Kaja Borchrevink, Elisabeth Eide, Laila Bokhari and others explore context, history and current challenges. Welcome to debates, book salons, seminars and discussions with experts on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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.

Transforming Identities and New Representations of Muslims in Contemporary Ethiopia

22 Sep 2010 | Workshop
Leading international scholars meet to discuss the transformation of Muslim identities and the production of new representations and imaginations of Islam and Muslims in Ethiopia.

Toward Sustainable and Broad-Based Growth

22 Jul 2010 | World Bank Report
A Country Economic Memorandum from the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit at the World Bank.

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.

Afghanistan at the cross-roads

7 May 2010 | Seminar in the Resource Centre
President Karzai has announced that a peace jirga will be held in May this year to discuss ways out of the conflict and President Obama has earlier announced that American forces will start to withdraw in July next year. What does this mean for Afghanistan's future? What are the implications for progressive reforms in Afghanistan? Aziz Hakimi, an Afghan political analyst based in Kabul, and CMI researcher Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary present and discusses with chair Astri Suhrke.

Rom for opposisjon i Afrikas partistater?

5 May 2010 | Doktordisputas
Aslak Jangård Orre disputerer torsdag 6. mai 2010 for PhD-graden ved Universitetet i Bergen. Funnene sår alvorlig tvil om de styrende partienes demokratiske sinnelag og deres evne til å fremme utvikling til det beste for landenes befolkning. Norske interesser i disse landene - hovedsakling bistand i Mosambik og oljeindustri i Angola - bør i særlig grad ta inn over seg problemene ved styresettet.

Student vacancies at CMI

21 Apr 2010
As from August 2010, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) has six vacancies for Master's students. Application deadline: 01.06.10

Fuelling Development

14 Apr 2010 | Seminar in the Resource Centre
The drive to find alternative domestic sources of energy is intense in India. Biofuel is seen as a possibility - offering a source of fuel, reclaiming degraded land as well as generating ncome for the rural poor. Does it? Clare Tompsett discusses.

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).

Novo Director do CMI

17 Mar 2010
O Conselho de Direcção do CMI nomeou Ottar Maestad como novo Director do CMI

Sharia and Human Rights

26 Nov 2009 | Workshop
This seminar will elaborate on the relationship between sharia and human rights. Is Islam compatible with human rights? What are the implications of the struggles of contemporary Islamic feminists and Muslim human rights activists on both the concept of sharia and human rights? What are the challenges and consequences?

From curse to development: Natural resources, institutions and public revenues

8 Sep 2009 | International conference:
The discovery of oil or mineral resources has been associated with devastating political conflict and economic setbacks insted of sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation. The Oslo conference is aimed at eliciting lessons learned from recent efforts to improve the management of natural resources in developing countries.

Petromania and Caspian Energy Politics

31 Aug 2009 | New publications from Flammable Societies
A travel through the richest oil countries in the world and an analysis of Caspian energy politics.

Hvorfor internasjonale straffedomstoler? Midt-Østen som eksempel

20 Feb 2009 | The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law
Terje Einarsen er invitert for å snakke om betydningen av internasjonale straffedomstoler. Han har sammen med andre fremstående jurister tatt til orde for opprettelse av internasjonale straffedomstoler for Midt-Østen.

"What courts do (and don't do) about social rights"

30 Jan 2009 | The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law
Does the current juridification of politics narrow the space for democratic politics, or does it represent an expansion of democracy? This seminar brings together international experts in the field.

Women and Islamic Civil Society

27 Nov 2008 | New PhD Scholarship
Hilde K.Kjøstvedt has won a PhD scholarship at CMI. Her PhD-project will focus on women in Islamic civil society organisations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

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.

Opportunities and Challenges of Democratization and Governance Reform in Liberia

23 May 2008 | Lecture: Former President of Liberia, Amos Sawyer:
CANCELLED. Professor Amos Sawyer cannot come to Bergen 23 May.

Building ethnic citizenship?

13 May 2008 | CMI Seminar
Indigenous responses to multicultural state reform in Guatemala and Mexico. Professor Rachel Sieder analyzes indigenous peoples' efforts to articulate alternative visions of government, law and justice.

Actors, power and mobilisation in southern Ethiopia under ethnic federalism

3 Apr 2008 | Politics of Ethnicity:
Cand. polit Lovise Aalen defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Oslo Friday 4 April. In her dissertation Aalen studies the national political framework of ethnic based federalism. She argues that ethnic political mobilisation must be understood as an outcome of both inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic relations.

The budget process in Angola

4 Jan 2008 | New CMI Report in Portuguese
The CMI Report on the Angolan budget process in now also available in Portuguese.

Main Problems and Status of Reforms

17 Sep 2007 | Corruption in Montenegro
Montenegro shares many aspects of corruption with other post-communist states: the legacy of large, non-competitive bureaucracies, underdeveloped market economy, scarcity of resources, and lack of democratic governance.

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.

Indigenous peoples' right to land: Tanzanian and African perspectives

6 Feb 2007
Chris Maina Peter, Professor of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam and a well known human rights advocate and activist, championing the rights of the marginalised through legal advice and pro bono litigation.

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.

Disputas: Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

24 Nov 2006
On Friday 24 November Research Director Odd-Helge Fjeldstad defended his doctoral thesis (disputas) "Tax evasion and fiscal corruption. Essays on compliance and tax administrative practices in East and South Africa" at NHH.

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.

Exploring the research-policy linkage

29 Mar 2006
In aid dependent countries, reforms frequently take place in the form of paradigmatic shifts, largely influenced by changes in donor policies. Problems of implementation,however, are often not properly addressed and remain largely unaffected by new reforms. The distance between proclaimed objectives and actual achievements is therefore dramatically wide. The main point of this article has been to investigate the role of domestic research in such a system of policymaking.

Kristoffer Lidén: Debating the Political Architecture of Liberal Peacebuilding

13 Mar 2006
The major peacebuilding missions of the last 15 years have tried to build a liberal peace (liberal-democracy, free market economy and the protection of human rights) in war-torn developing countries. In accordance with liberal peace theory, these liberalisation efforts are expected to have a peace dividend both with regard to the domestic and the international relations of the host-country.

Afghanistan: Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance 2001-05

31 Oct 2005
"Without a functioning justice system, rebuilding a state after a conflict will not succeed. Without the foundation of the rule of law, it is impossible to secure all other nation-building processes" concludes Arne Strand who has just completed a major multidonor evaluation of humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan 2001-2005.

Would you like to be a Master's student at CMI?

5 Jul 2005
Are you working with development issues or human rights? Would you like to write your thesis at CMI? CMI offers a challenging and exciting research environment, the best specialised research library on development literature in Norway, and possibilities to participate in CMI projects.

Afghanistan: A Model for Peace Building? A Norwegian-German Conference

9 May 2005
What are the achievements and challenges of peace building in Afghanistan? The conference will cover issues such as the achivements and challenges of peace building in Afghanistan, forms of intervention, human security, security system reform and the military and regional security.

The Resource Curse and the Politics of Development

11 Feb 2005
Does the possession of certain types of natural resource wealth undermine national economies and damage polities? Mick Moore has studied contemporary developing countries, focusing on the political consequences of resource rents. Mick Moore is Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.