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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.

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?

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.

Defining the North-South Border

27 Sep 2010 | International Crisis Group - Briefing
Sudan's North and South must take political action to define their mutual boundary if they hope to avoid future complications, including a return to conflict.

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.

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).

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.

Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement viewed through the eyes of the Women of South Sudan

22 Jul 2010 | Fellows programme occasional paper 3 2010
Born in a territory between North and South Sudan, politically speaking the author is from the North. However, like many Sudanese women, the author feels that being a Sudanese woman is what is important for her. It is as a Sudanese woman that she feels she has the liberty to speak about Sudanese women - regardless of their political and geographic affiliations.

Jonglei 2010: Another round of disarmament

21 Jul 2010 | Situration Report from ISS
Although the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of January 2005 formally ended the war between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), internal security has remained a major problem for the fledgling southern government.

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.

Sudan: Regional Perspectives on the Prospect of Southern Independence

12 Jul 2010 | International Crisis Group - New Report
Nairobi/Brussels, 6 May 2010: If, as likely, South Sudan decides to secede from the North at its January 2011 self-determination referendum, it will need support from Sudan's neighbours to ensure the decision is respected and new conflict is prevented.

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 Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

23 Jun 2010 | Video: Literary Salon with Albie Sachs
Detained in solitary confinement, tortured, exiled and eventually blown up by a car bomb. From an early age Albie Sachs played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa. Later in life he helped draft South Africa's post-apartheid Constitution, and served as a member of the Constitutional Court for fifteen years. Sachs talks to host Siri Gloppen about his life and role as a judge in the formative years of post-apartheid South Africa.

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.

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.

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?

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

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).

New Direction in the Development Cooperation with Africa?

23 Mar 2010 | Panel debate
The Danish Africa Commission recommends a refocused agenda for international development cooperation with Africa. Lars Engberg-Pedersen discusses the main recommendations from the report, then a panel with Kjell Harald Dalen from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and researchers from CMI debates new directions in the development cooperation with Africa.

The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

15 Mar 2010 | Literary Salon with Albie Sachs
Detained in solitary confinement, tortured, exiled and eventually blown up by a car bomb. From an early age Albie Sachs played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa.

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.

Siri Gloppen New Head of Rafto Prize Committee

24 Feb 2010 | Rafto
Siri Gloppen, Research Director at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, is the new Head of the Rafto Prize Committee.

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.

Ending Aid Dependence in Africa

3 Dec 2009 | Seminar in the Resource Centre
"Africa must end the pathology of aid dependence in Africa." Yash Tandon proposes a strategy of increased national and regional 'self-reliance'.

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?

Only One Show in Town: Reflections on the Politics of Power Sharing in Kenya

29 Oct 2009 | CMISeminar
How did Kenya pull itself from the brink of crisis after the presidential elections? Are there any lessons in the power sharing arrangement that the Kenyan example offers to mediation processes in other conflict situations?

Nurturing and Delivering Better Health for Africa

22 Oct 2009 | AMREF:
AMREF is an International health development organization based in Africa. The director Dr. Thomas Nzioki Kibua presents the organisation and its work.

Social relations of poverty

15 Oct 2009 | African Urban Slums
The urbanisation of poverty reflects one of the most dramatic developments on the African continent. More than half of Africa's population will soon live in cities and towns.

Fem dager i Bergen - én verden i utvikling

12 Oct 2009 | Åpning av nytt hus:
Utviklingsforskerne ved CMI, UiB og Unifob Global samles under ett tak. Vi inviterer til åpningen av Bergen ressurssenter for internasjonal utvikling. Åpningsuke: 12-16. oktober 2009

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.

"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.

Combating corruption and fraud in international development projects

29 Jan 2009 | Forum for Research on Corruption and Reform
W. Michael Kramer a leading expert in the investigation and civil prosecution of serious fraud and corruption cases, holds a brownbag lunch at CMI discussing corruption and fraud in international development projects.

Rights and Legal Empowerment in Eradicating Poverty

24 Nov 2008 | Book launch in Oslo
Empowering the poor requires more than simply a transfer of resources; it entails the creation of sound legal and political frameworks which specifically address the needs of the poor and vulnerable and hold political and administrative leaders accountable for policy failures.

The Media and Elections in Africa

19 Sep 2008 | "The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law"
Elections in Africa - how democratic are they? Professor Heglge Rønning explores the recent elections in Angola in a comparative discussion of media and democracy in Africa.

Managing foreign aid: Lessons from Tanzania

17 Sep 2008 | Forum for Research on Corruption and Reform
Dr Eirik G. Jansen is a social anthropologist whose research has mainly focused on natural resource management in traditional fisheries in East Africa and land issues in Bangladesh.

Can Africa's Leaders Promote Democracy? The Case of Zimbabwe and SADC

11 Sep 2008 | CMI Seminar
Ambassador Mussagy Jeichande from Mozambique's Ministry of Foreign Affairs discusses the situation in Zimbabwe, and on the current role of SADC (Southern African Development Community).

The War on Terror and the Terror of War

10 Sep 2008 | CMI Seminar
The War on Terror has induced wars that have destroyed countries, killed, maimed, and displaced vast numbers of innocent civilians in different parts of the world.

Roads to Reconciliation: Transitional Justice in Norway and Beyond

4 Sep 2008 | Human Rights Symposium
How do societies deal with gross human rights violations after the end of violent conflict? This symposium critically examines the justice and reconciliation processes by comparing the Norwegian post-World War II experience to more recent cases from Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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.

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.

Land and Law

27 Nov 2007 | New Human Rights Project
In Africa and Latin America the conditions of rights to land are commonly characterised by ambiguous rules and norms that are intimately connected to the construction and inequality of both national and local social structures and ethnic and religious identities.

Poverty, Hunger, Growth, and Social Protection: Are the Relationships Changing?

21 Sep 2007 | Poverty Seminar
Joachim Von Braun, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPR), discusses the progress (or lack thereof) in achieving the first millennium goal, ending poverty and hunger, and looks at the role/nature of growth and of social protection.

Research - Policy Links in Sub-Saharan Africa

14 Sep 2007 | CMI Seminar
In Africa, policies are easily pronounced but difficult to implement. The links between policy and policy research are very tenuous. Professor David Olusanya Ajakaiye exlores why.