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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?

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)

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.

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?

Stein Sundstøl Eriksen, Tore Nedrebø and Elling N. Tjønneland: Comparing Emerging Powers in Africa

12 Jan 2012 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
How do the emerging South powers promote economic co-operation, trade and investment? And how is development finance and aid provided?

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."

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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?

Alcides Costa Vaz: Brazil´s international cooperation: perspectives on emerging powers and Africa

15 Nov 2011 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
What are the objectives of Brazil's foreign policies, and how are they pursued?

Garth le Pere: South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy: ambiguities and challenges

9 Nov 2011 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
What role is South Africa playing in Africa? How is foreign policy pursued under Zuma? How is the Africa focus and the principles of South-South co-operation operationalised?

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?

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.

Angola Research

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

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.

Challenging the Injustice of Poverty in South Asia

23 Jun 2011
Prof. Rehman Sobhan challenges the traditional definition of poverty as a form of income deprivation. He redefines poverty a process that excludes significant segments of society from more equitable participation in development opportunities and in decision making. Sobhan identifies a variety of operational ideas to build a more inclusive society in South Asia.

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.

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.

Ordering the World: Academic Research and Policymaking on Fragile States

23 May 2011 | Seminar:
How has scholarship on state fragility influenced the policies of influential international actors? Roland Paris, one of the most influential scholars on post-war reconstruction and peacebuilding, challenges the relationship between research and policy.

Ordering the World: Academic Research and Policymaking in Fragile States

23 May 2011
How has scholarship on state fragility influenced the policies of influential international actors? Professor Paris argues that academic research has helped policy-makers to define and refine understandings of state fragility as a policy problem, and has informed the development of operational frameworks for response.

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?

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.

Aiding the peace

21 Feb 2011 | Brief and evaluation
The evaluation concludes that support to conflict prevention and peacebuilding has only been partially successful. Supporting state building in Southern Sudan requires an inclusive approach.

Jemen - et regime for fall eller en stat i oppløsning?

2 Feb 2011 | Kronikk:
Man kan tenke seg et Egypt uten nåværende regime, men det er vanskelig å se for seg et Jemen innenfor dagens grenser uten en politisk balansekunstner som Ali Abdallah Salih, skriver CMI forsker Anne K. Bang

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 is anti-corruption so difficult?

22 Nov 2010 | CMI Forum for Governance and Anti-Corruption
Despite broad international attention to corruption and its consequences, the crime continues to be a problem throughout the globe. Senior researcher at CMI and former Governance and Anti-Corruption (GAC) advisor at the World Bank, Tina Søreide, will present some explanations for the lack of anti-corruption progress, with a focus on policy design, legal grey-zones and political agendas.

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.

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?

Mini-series on Latin America

12 Oct 2010 | Seminars
This autumn CMI will host a mini-series of lectures on the social and political role of rights and legal institutions in Latin America.

Illicit financial flows and their impacts on development: A way forward

1 Oct 2010 | CMI Seminar:
Raymond Baker, head of Global Financial Integrity, discusses how businesspeople, criminals, and kleptocrats perfect the same techniques to shift funds-transfer pricing, false documentation, fake corporations, secrecy jurisdictions, and other tricks -and how these negatively affect developing countries.

The U.S. and the Middle East Peace Process

29 Sep 2010 | CMI Seminar:
Dr. Robert Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, discusse the background and broader themes as the context in which the Obama administration's approach to the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations takes place. He will also address misconceptions about U.S. Middle East policy.

Conflict and Co-existence in Lebanon

23 Sep 2010 | International workshop:
the workshop will examine why Lebanon becomes trapped in externally driven cycles of regional and international political conflict and what the international community can do to break the cycle of violence.

Just Faaland receives award for Outstanding Contribution to the People of Malaysia

19 Aug 2010 | Malaysian Merdeka Award:
Former director of CMI, Just Faaland, has received the Merdeka award. Faaland is awarded for his role in the formulation of the National Economic Policy (NEP).

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.

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.