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Final Workshop in Windhoek in July

5 Jul 2007 | SEAPReN
Concluding workshop, gathering researchers and policy makers from Southern and Eastern Africa in Windhoek 5 and 6th July 2007.

People News

28 Jun 2007 | In Brief
Lise Rakner has been appointed professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen. She is the first female professor at the Institute.

Courts and the Marginalized: Comparative Perspectives

19 Jun 2007 | Journal Article
What role can and do courts play in protecting the interests and rights of vulnerable groups? Why do some marginalized groups succeed in having their rights recognized by the courts, while others fail?

Measuring and Reducing the Impact of Corruption in Infrastructure

15 Jun 2007 | CMISeminar
What is the extent and impact of corruption in infrastructure in developing countries? Charles J. Kenny is a development economist and a senior researcher at the World Bank.

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.

Building peace through community development

17 Jan 2007
In a war-torn corner of DRC, in Ituri, they have shown that income-generating activities, reconstruction of infrastructure, local radio stations etc., are means to create peace in the midst of violence.

Moving Forward with Time: The Evolution of China's Africa Policy

11 Jan 2007
Professor He Wenping, Director of the African Studies Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is currently visting Norway and presents an overview of the evolving Chinese Africa policy.

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.

Islam and Muslims in the West

15 Nov 2006
What does the new politics of security mean for Muslims? Associate Professor Michael Humphrey has published widely on the themes of ethnic identity, Islam, globalization, refugees, law, terrorism, war, human rights and reconciliation. His current research projects are concerned with atrocity, healing, national reconstruction and reconciliation.

National and international responses to the crisis in Darfur

20 Sep 2006
Munzoul A M Assal, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Khartoum, Sudan, is visiting CMI. Assal participates in the CMI study Peacebuidling in the Sudan: Micro-macro issues. Assal received his PhD from the University of Bergen, where he wrote about Diaspora and Challenges of Home-Making for Somalis and Sudanese in Norway. To be published soon is Diaspora Within and Without Africa: Homogeneity, Heterogeneity, Dynamism.

Jonas Gahr Støre visits CMI

8 Sep 2006
Tuesday 12 September, the Norwegian Minsiter of Foreign Affairs will visit CMI to discuss various development challenges and its implications for Norwegian foreign policy. On the agenda are topics such as aid and poverty, peacebuilding in post-conflict areas and Norwegian foreign policy in Africa with a particular focus on corruption in emergencies, corporate social responsibility for Norwegian oil companies, and the role of courts in new democracies.

China in Africa: Threat or Opportunity?

21 Aug 2006
China has vastly increased its involvement in Africa in the last few years. China is emerging as a major economic and political player on the African continent. What are the implications of the accelerating trade and investment relations, the strong Chinese focus on African oil, the increase in Chinese aid, and the growing Chinese involvement in peacebuilding? Is Chinese aid emerging as an alternative to Western aid?

Traditional Authorities and Civil Society in Angola

20 Apr 2006
Since peace 'broke out' in Angola in 2002, the state has undertaken to establish its civil government apparatus throughout the vast territory. How does the state apparatus interact with the various kinds of 'traditional' leaders and their social power and authority? Prof. Dr. Armando Marques Guedes from the University Nova of Lisbon, N'Gunu Tiny, from London School of Economics and Gonçalo Almeida Ribeiro from Harvard Law School.

Peacebuilding in Africa

22 Mar 2006
The founder and executive director of ACCORD, Mr Vasu Gounden, and the programme manager of ACCORD's peace and security unit, Mr Kwezi Mngqibiza, is visiting CMI on March 21 and 22. Their seminar presentation will focus on Africa: Destination for Conflict Resolution or Investment? and the African Union and Conflict Management: Lessons Learnt

President Mogae: Natural resources are our bedrock

20 Mar 2006
The President of Botswana H.E. Festus Mogae visited Bergen Friday 24 March. Botswana is seen as an outstanding success-story in sub-Saharan Africa. In his speech "Natural Resources: Resourcing Development: The Botswana Experience." Mogae analyses the Botswana experience.

Human Rights Forum

21 Feb 2006
Karin Ask: " Engendering of female rights in Afghanistan - Theorizing the local/global interface" Sindre Bangstad: "Islam Imprisoned: Transformations in Religious and Human Rights for Muslim Prisoners in a Prison in Cape Town, South Africa 1994-2004"

Conceptualizing the West in the 21st century

29 Aug 2005
What is the role of culture and identity in world politics. What role does civilizational identities and the concept of the West play? Jacinta O'Hagan is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She is interesetd in the evolution of the concept of humanitarianism and the practices associated with it.

Conceptualizing the West in the 21st century

19 Aug 2005
What is the role of culture and identity in world politics. What role does civilizational identities and the concept of the West play? Jacinta O'Hagan is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She is interested in the evolution of the concept of humanitarianism and the practices associated with it.

Politics of Faith - New research programme at CMI

23 Jun 2005
The CMI Board of Directors is happy to announce the establishment of a new research programme at CMI which reintroduces research on religion - a task Christian Michelsen, CMI's founding father, called for in his will. Politics of Faith: Law, Political Institutionalization and Conflict

The World Bank Group and the Private Sector

14 Jun 2005
The Norwegian Trust Fund for Private Sector and Infrastructure (NTF-PSI) provides grant resources for World Bank Group activities aimed at mainstreaming investment climate, governance and infrastructure services for the poor. Half of the funds are earmarked for Africa. In connection with a bi-annual meeting in June, CMI hosted a seminar on behalf of Norad, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CMI.

Peacebuilding and Post-War Aid

9 Jun 2005
Thw workshop examined factors shaping the implementation of peace agreements and the effects of strategies for social, economic and political (re-)construction after civil war. Participants came from universities and research organisations in Egypt, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the US.

Eddy Maloka: South Africa's Africa policy

27 May 2005
Dr. Eddy Maloka is the CEO of the Africa Institute of South Africa. Previously, he was adviser to the former premiers of Mpumalanga and Gauteng, and he has worked closely with president Mbeki. He has written extensively on political and developmental issues in Africa, including the history of the liberation struggle in South Africa. Recently he has also written about the Sudan Peace Process and Africa in the new Millennium.

Human Rights in the War on Terror

4 May 2005
Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut discusses human rights after 9/11, What are the effects on human rights of the military actions and anti-terror legislation that constitutes the "war on terror", in the USA as well as globally?

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.

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.

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.