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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.

FOOD AND FURY

16 Oct 2012
Food evokes emotions. Food shapes nations and cultures. Food can be a source of conflict. Food riots are one of the oldest forms of people's revolutions.

Women make revolutions not tea

14 Oct 2012 | Liv Tønnessen blogs from Sudan:
For the first time in Sudanese history, 25% of the parliamentarians in the Assembly are women.

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.

Assessing corruption risks critical for success of REDD

7 Sep 2012 | Op-ed
Learning the right lessons from past experiences with corruption in the forest sector is crucial to prevent broad undermining of REDD+.

"My Justice": The new role of warlords in Afghanistan

3 Sep 2012 | Seminar with Mohammad Akbar Sarwari

Etiopias nye sterke mann

27 Aug 2012 | Kronikk
Etter dødsfallet til Etiopias sterke mann, statsminister Meles Zenawi, er det spådd eit maktvakuum i landet. Visestatsminister Hailemariam Dessalegn tek over som statsminister fram til neste val i 2015. Vil han klare å fylle rolla som leiar for eit av Afrikas mest folkerike land i ein region prega av konflikt og ustabilitet? Og vil han klare å unngå å bli trekt inn i den indre maktkampen som no går føre seg i regjeringspartiet?

Etiopias nye sterke mann

27 Aug 2012 | Kronikk
Etter dødsfallet til Etiopias sterke mann, statsminister Meles Zenawi, er det spådd eit maktvakuum i landet. Visestatsminister Hailemariam Dessalegn tek over som statsminister fram til neste val i 2015. Vil han klare å fylle rolla som leiar for eit av Afrikas mest folkerike land i ein region prega av konflikt og ustabilitet? Og vil han klare å unngå å bli trekt inn i den indre maktkampen som no går føre seg i regjeringspartiet?

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.

Facing the realities of corruption and REDD+

15 Jun 2012
Will REDD+ improve forest governance and address corruption, or add to corruption problems leading to social, environmental and economic harm?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pakistan: A Hard Country

1 May 2012
Professor Anatol Lieven discusses the key arguments in his latest book with Arne Strand and Hans Inge Langø.

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?

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Gendering the Nation

28 Oct 2011 | Seminar
Women endure violence in the everyday, in civil wars and conflicts, and in situations of political and religious oppression. Past or present, they find ways to survive. This seminar addresses a wide range of women's resilience strategies, rising questions of memory, trauma, silence and political mobilization to secure women's legal protection.

Poor motivation compromises health care

24 Oct 2011
Poorly motivated Tanzanian health workers could pose a threat to patients. Simple procedures like counting childrens' respiratory rate can save lives, but are often left out. However, changes are achievable within the existing work force.

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.

Pitfalls of South African Democracy

6 Oct 2011 | Seminar
The political advances made in South Africa since the end of Apartheid have been formidable. However, there are challenges. There is a lack of a viable and strong civic tradition in the country.

Collaborative filmmaking in Guatemala

1 Jul 2011 | Seminar
Visual anthropologist Carlos Y. Flores talks about "collaborative video and shared anthropology", showing clips from "K'ixba'l" (Shame, Guatemala, 2010), his latest film from Guatemala.

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.

Alicia Ely Yamin New Director at Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center

30 May 2011 | People News:
Alicia Ely Yamin, JD MPH, has joined the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center as inaugural Director of the Program on the Health Rights of Women and Children.

Afghan leaders see need for US to make peace

27 May 2011 | With video: Hamish Nixon:
The Afghan conflict is driven by the impact and behaviour of international troops as well as the illegitimacy of the Afghan government.

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.

Abyei: Sudan´s West Bank

6 Apr 2011 | Enough Project report
South Sudan's July 9, 2011 Independence Day is fast approaching, but ongoing violence in Abyei, including the deliberate burning of villages by northern-aligned forces and the displacement of 20,000 people, threatens to undo progress toward peace in Sudan.

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.

Sexual Violence in Conflict

3 Feb 2011 | Seminar
Sexual violence is widespread in many armed conflicts. Why is sexual violence used in wars? Why does it vary between countries both during and after conflicts? Welcome to this seminar, where leading scholars present new research on Latin America, Europe and Africa.

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 Politics of Memory: The Role of Museums in Africa in the New Millennium

8 Dec 2010 | Panel Debate:
Museums are major national institutions involved in peoples' memory making. The ways the old and new, similarities and difference are remembered or forgotten reflect and affect existing perceptions of identities within the national frame. How does African nation states display pluralities and diversitites within a common national identity?

Institutionalizing Protection for Internally Displaced Persons

6 Dec 2010 | Seminar
This half-day seminar discusses refugees and legal protection in countries in Africa, in Colombia and in Palestine. Professor César Rodríguez-Garavito from the University of the Andes discusses with scholars from the University of Bergen and CMI.

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.