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Iranian industry in limbo

26 Nov 2012
A thwarted industrial policy, poor economic governance and external tensions have brought Iran's industrial class to the brink of extinction. They are trapped in between the revolutionary rhetoric of the Islamic republic and unfulfilled attempts of economic pragmatism.

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.

Facilitating small businesses: The Ethiopian experience

31 Oct 2012
The Ethiopian government has followed a top-down cluster development strategy by constructing working premises for small businesses. So far more than 2075 working premises have been built with a total cost of over 300 million birr. Why do most of the premises remain empty despite highly subsidized rent?

Born in the USA

24 Oct 2012
This year, Professor Philippe Bourgois from the University of Pennsylvania was invited speaker at the Bergen Summer Research School (20-22 June), co-hosted by the CMI. During his visit, he was interviewed on his long-term research among drug-addicts in inner-city US ghettos. His research will be linked to a new program on urbanization and urbanity at CMI (Nefissa naguib and Are Knudsen).

Allahu Akbar: A Friday in Khartoum

17 Oct 2012 | Liv Tønnessen blogs from Sudan:
I am sipping to my coffee as I am listening to the local imam through the loudspeaker as he addresses his congregation inside the mosque.

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.

Building a taxpayer culture

4 Oct 2012 | Odd-Helge Fjeldstad's tax blog
The government's ability to collect taxes depends on people's and businesses' willingness to pay them. How do you convince them to pay their fair share?

The Red Sufi

3 Oct 2012
Professor Jürgen Wasi Frembgen talks about the "red" Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, the most popular Muslim saint and powerful icon in all of Pakistan.

Addressing the knowledge-gap on anti-corruption interventions

25 Sep 2012
Corruption poses a serious threat to sustainable development and security. Donors spend large sums in support of interventions to reduce corruption and ensure that their funds are used for the intended purposes. Yet, despite these investments, the causes of corruption are better understood than how to most effectively reduce corruption.

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

The polarisation to come

14 Aug 2012 | Angola Election 2012
On 31st of August voters in Angola will elect a new parliament and a president. It is already clear that the dice are loaded. Despite the low quality of the elections and the machinations of the incumbent - is Angola on the path to democracy?

Can corruption threaten REDD+?

29 Jun 2012
Norway has invested more money in the forest protection programme REDD+ than any other donor country. Corruption concerns have been widely raised when it comes to REDD+. Will Norwegian investments be in vain?

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.

Strengthening social anthropology in Mozambique

22 Jun 2012
CMI-researchers cooperate with the Department of Anthropology at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo.

Tax builds countries: A window of opportunity for Angola

14 Jun 2012 | Odd-Helge Fjeldstad's tax blog:
There is political will to strengthen the tax system in Angola. If properly designed and implemented, the new tax system can improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the public sector. One of the main challenges, however, will be to convince the citizens of Angola about the value of paying taxes. This will require not only reforms, but a major cultural shift.

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.

China in Africa: Myth and Reality

21 May 2012
The case of the Chinese involvement in Mozambique's agriculture

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.

Do you want to write your MA thesis at CMI?

15 May 2012 | Application deadline 1 June
CMI offers private working space in an inspiring and challenging environment with dedicated development researchers and a specialized development studies library.

Bergen Seminar in Development Economics

14 May 2012
How does the strategic interaction between modern law and customs work? How poor are the poor? These are among the questions that will be discussed in the Bergen Seminar in Development Economics.

Economic Uncertainty and Corruption

11 May 2012
Rajeev Goel will present a large cross-country dataset on the nexus between economic uncertainty and corruption. prevalence of corruption

Keeping a Sharp Eye

10 May 2012
Peter Vale explores a century of South African international relation from the point of view of cartoons. Cartoonists offer a "sharp eye" on foreign policy.

De brune konvoluttene. Misbruk av bistandsmidler?

7 May 2012
Lansering av rapporten "Hunting for Per Diem: The Uses and Abuses of Travel Compensation in Three Developing Countries".

Migration into resource-rich Gulf economies

3 May 2012 | Seminar
Halvor Mehlum and Gry Østenstad on the political economy of migration policies.

Hunting for per diems

23 Apr 2012
Allowances, or per diems, have become an important source of income for civil servants in sub-saharan Africa. -Existing practices need to be revised, says CMI-researcher Tina Søreide.

Bangladesh conference: New Context and New Challenges

19 Apr 2012
Reducing poverty and improving governance require evidence-based approaches that also pay attention to the political scope for reform.

Election in Burma - now what?

18 Apr 2012 | Breakfast Forum
Frøy Gudbrandsen in conversation with Burmese democracy activist Kaythi Aye and Harald Bøckman (Norwegian Burma Committee)

The power of the masses

30 Mar 2012
Last year, discontent voters managed to get rid of Zambia's contested president Rupiah Banda. What is the success formula for overthrowing a regime based on electoral authoritarianism? Part of the answer lies in the urban masses.

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.

Politics of the Urban Poor: Class, Protest and Survival in African Cities

22 Mar 2012
Presentations and debate with Deborah Potts (King's College London), Deborah Bryceson (University of Glasgow), Guy Standing (University of Bath).

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.

Religious minorities in the Middle East

20 Feb 2012 | Literary salon
Literary Salon with Anne Sofie Roald and Turid Smith Polfus.

What is there to learn from Hugo Chavez?

26 Jan 2012
During the past decade, Venezuela has used revenue from the oil sector to reduce poverty and foster social development. Questions of social inequalities are high up on the political agenda, says Iselin Åsedotter Strønen.

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?

The complexity of religious domination

10 Jan 2012
In Jordan, churches and mosques are situated side by side. In Sudan, religious minorities can hold powerful positions, but rarely do. Religious domination is not a question of black or white.

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.