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Gender, Religion and Change in the Middle East

3 May 2005
The complicated link between women and religion in the Middle East has been a source of debate for centuries, and has special resonance today. Whether religion reinforces female oppression or provides opportunities for women - or a combination of both - depends on time, place and circumstance. This book seeks to contextualize women's roles within their religious traditions rather than through the lens of a dominant culture.

Political Corruption and Democracy- the Role of Development Assistance

3 May 2005
"Absolutely Spotless": Are Women Cleaner Public Actors than Men? asks CMI researcher Gisela Geisler in her essay. Geisler argues that the notion that women are less corrupt than men, and that more women reduce corruption and increases the efficiency of public spending and thus leads to poverty reduction, is the reverse of another older myth that kept women out of politics and public life.

Hvilke konsekvenser vil GATS få for land i Sør?

21 Apr 2005 | Kunnskapsformidling i en globalisert verden:
Hva vil fri markedsadgang for utenlandske utdanningsinstitusjoner ha å si for kompetanseutvikling i Sør? Vil utdanninger fra land i Sør ha mulighet til å bli kvalitetsgodkjent? Hva vil skje med forskningsbasert undervisning i Sør dersom internasjonale utdanningsinstitusjoner overtar undervisningen? Hva kan Norge gjøre for å påvirke forhandlingsmuligheten for land i Sør?

Why America's Top Pundits are Wrong

15 Apr 2005
Anthropologists talk back. The writing of popular commentators is often simplistic, culturally ill-informed, and politically dangerous. Mixing critical reflection with insights from their own fieldwork, twelve distinguished anthropologists offer fresh perspectives on topics such as globalization, ethnic violence, social justice. CMI senior researcher, Tone Bringa, writes about Robert Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts in her essay Haunted by the Imagination of the Past.

Roads to Reconciliation

14 Apr 2005
How do societies deal with a past characterized by gross human rights violations? What kinds of processes--judicial as well as non-judicial--are most likely to generate a sense of reconciliation? This is a new book edited by Elin Skaar, Siri Gloppen and Astri Suhrke comparing reconciliation processes in various countries.

Prospects for Peace on Sri Lanka

13 Apr 2005
Prof. S.K. Sitrampalam, Jaffna and Erik Solheim special peace envoy to Sri Lanka. The peace process in Sri Lanka is currently stuck. The tsunami put the peace process on hold. How can the peace process be put back on track? What new challenges and opportunities face the reconstruction and the peace process in Sri Lanka?

Språk og Identitet

18 Mar 2005
Salomonøyene er et lite land i Stillehavet med 500,000 innbyggere og 87 forskjelllige språk. Hvordan løser en integrering av lokale språk og kunnskapssystemer i skolevesenet, spør Edvard Hviding, UiB.

Writing Rights - Human Rights Research at CMI 1984-2004

15 Mar 2005
Human Rights has been and is an important area of research at CMI. This volume edited by Ivar Kolstad and Hugo Stokke presents 9 articles reflecting and capturing main themes: Challenges involved in promoting human rights and consolidating democracy in developing countries, the philosophical foundations of the human rights perspective and the position of social and economic rights, and ways in which to describe and deal with human rights violations.

Peace-symposium on Sudan

15 Mar 2005
Minister of International Development, Hilde Frafjord Johnson, held the annual Chr. Michelsen lecture on the prospects of peace in Sudan, followed by a panel debate with renown international experts on Sudan, including CMI director Gunnar M. Sørbø and Iqbal Jhazbhay.

Valg mellom demokrati eller fattigdomsreduksjon?

25 Feb 2005
Siden 1990-tallet har Uganda vært en "stjerneelev" i bistandsmottaker-klassen. Når president Museveni nå gjør det klart at han ikke ønsker et flerpartisystem, rasler giverlandene med sablene og reduserer sin budsjettstøtte. Vil giverlandene fire på kravene om frie og uavhengige valg hvis Uganda fortsetter å fokusere på primærutdanning, helse og HIV/AIDS reduksjon? Kan demokrati ofres for andre mål spør Lise Rakner, CMI.

Third Election in Uganda in 2006

17 Feb 2005
Ensuring that elected political leaders 'play by the rules' and act in accordance with their mandate without violating citizens' rights, is a key challenge for new democracies in sub-Saharan Africa. The project, led by research director Lise Rakner, will examine political developments in the period before, during and after the 2006 elections in Uganda. The project is a co-operation project with Makerere University.

Democratization and the judiciary. The accountability function of courts in new democracies

15 Feb 2005
This volume examines the political role of courts in new democracies in Latin America and Africa. Are the courts able to hold political power-holders accountable when they act outside of their constitutionally defined powers? Given the hyper-presidential nature of these regimes, particular focus is on the ability of the courts to say "no" to the executive and make it stick.

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.

Increased U4 Anti-Corruption activity

1 Feb 2005
CMI's biggest project, The Utstein Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4), embarks on a new and expanded Phase II on 1 February 2005. Two new countries, Canada and Sweden, have joined the project Norway, the U.K, the Netherlands and Germany started in 2002. The total budget for the new period will be £1 310 000.

What's Trust Got to Do with It?

1 Feb 2005
A major financial problem in many municipalities in South Africa is inadequate collection of revenues, mainly due to widespread non-payment. However, huge variations in compliance exist both within (poor) communities and between communities that have quite similar socio-economic characteristics.

Prospects for peace, security and human rights in Africa's Horn

1 Feb 2005
This book deals with the prospects for peaceful change, human rights and state-building in the Horn of Africa. There are few regions in the world that are more in need of peace and human security, yet prospects are threatened by numerous sources of conflict.

Corruption in Public Financial Management: Donor Perspectives

1 Feb 2005
The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre has recently launched a new focus area on Public Financial Management (PFM). This workshop brings together experts and specialists from the U4 development agencies, practitioners and development researchers, to discuss the main challenges related to corruption and PFM.

Evaluation of Aid to Afghanistan

31 Jan 2005
CMI has won a key joint-donor evaluation to assess post-Taliban humanitarian and reconstruction aid. The Danish Minsity of Foreign Affairs leads the evaluation on behalf of Sweden, U.K, Ireland and the Netherlands. CMI's Afghanistan expert Arne Strand will be team leader.

Bistand og Korrupsjon

14 Jan 2005
Norge er en aktiv partner i den pågående grunnskolereformen i Tanzania. Målet er å bekjempe fattigdom ved å gi barna en bedre skolegang. Men når pengene fram? Og hvem bryr seg egentlig om hva som skjer på grunnplanet? Hvordan kan vi gjennom bistand skape et bedre samfunn for de fattigste i Tanzania? Bertil Tungodden, NHH, er nettopp kommet hjem fra ett års forskningopphold i Tanzania.