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From Exodus to Exile: Palestinian Lives in the Levant

7 Sep 2007 | International workshop in Bergen
Taking a fresh look at the refugee problem and examining Palestinian refugee exile and alienation from historical, social, cultural and legal perspectives.

Political Transition in Nepal

3 Sep 2007 | CMI Seminar
Professor Chaitanya Mishra will give a seminar on the political changes taking place in Nepal.

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.

Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Assessing the effects on violence and reconciliation

28 Jun 2007 | New Human Rights Project
What are the links between various transitional justice mechanisms and the degree of violence and reconciliation in the post-war or post-authoritarian period?

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.

Norwegian Firms and Business Climate Challenges in Brazil

28 Jun 2007 | New Project
What are the challenges on issues related to corruption and other illegal causes of unfair competition?

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.

Social exclusion: Is socio-cultural identity a barrier to poverty reduction?

29 May 2007 | Workshop and seminar with Professor Erik Thorbecke
Workshop and seminar with Professor Erik Thorbecke from Cornell University on social exclusion: Is socio-cultural identity a barrier to poverty reduction? How does discrimination in the job market affect income inequality?

Balochistan Crisis and its Impact on War on Terror

24 Jan 2007
The Baloch people inhabit a poverty-stricken area rich in natural resources straddling Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Senator Baloch will talk about the Balochistan crisis.

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.

Social Relations of Rural Poverty in Mozambique

20 Dec 2006
CMI presents the first report in a series of three qualitative studies on poverty in Mozambique. The study looks into people's own emic perceptions of poverty, and offers a host of policy implications.

"Insulting the Prophet"

7 Nov 2006
Faisal Devji will speak about the recent protests over the Pope's comments about the Prophet and the Danish cartoon rows. Why has these events made Muslims worldwide so angry?

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.

Human Rights Forum

13 Jun 2006
Hugo Stokke: Human rights strategy for Asia. Draft report to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affiars

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.

Autoridades tradicionais e Sociedade Civil em Angola

20 Apr 2006 | Seminário
Desde o alcance da paz em 2002, o estado tem tomado iniciativas para estabelecer o aparato do seu governo civil em todo o vasto território. Como é que o aparato do estado interage com a diversos tipos de líderes tradicionais e o seu poder e autoridade social? Prof . Armando Marques Guedes da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, N´Gunu Tiny da London School of Economics e Gonçalo de Almeida Ribeiro da Harvard Law School

Religious Civil Society in Afghanistan

19 Apr 2006
In a new project, CMI and PRIO will examine the role and significance of religious groups and networks in the development of Afghan civil society. What are the potential lines of tension and collaboration among secular and religious civil society actors? The project intends to bring the role of religious actors to the centre of the civil society debate in Afghanistan's peace, reconciliation and development processes.

Violence in the postconflict state

18 Apr 2006
CMI has been awarded a 2-year grant under the Research Council of Norway's new program on Poverty and Peace. The project, entitled Violence in the Post-Conflict State", starts by noting that civil wars are often followed by continued or new forms of violence in the affected states. Such violence - whether associated with ex-combatants, organized crime, disaffected warlords, recriminating agents of the state or post-war marginalized groups - seems widespread but poorly understood.

Is bonded labour voluntary?

30 Mar 2006
UN estimates that 20 million are held in bonded labor. Several economic analyses assert that bonded laborers accept these contracts voluntarily, which could imply that a ban would make such laborers worse off. In his new CMI Working Paper, Espen VIllanger questions the voluntariness of bonded labor.

Exploring the research-policy linkage

29 Mar 2006
In aid dependent countries, reforms frequently take place in the form of paradigmatic shifts, largely influenced by changes in donor policies. Problems of implementation,however, are often not properly addressed and remain largely unaffected by new reforms. The distance between proclaimed objectives and actual achievements is therefore dramatically wide. The main point of this article has been to investigate the role of domestic research in such a system of policymaking.

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.

The Killing of Hariri

19 Oct 2005
This week, the UN-commission inquiring into the murder of Hariri are submitting their report to the UN Secretary General. Are Knudsen's new paper on Lebanon's fragile post-war decade, provides a detailed background to the attempts at rebuilding the country from war and the political events that culminated with the murder of Hariri.

Human Rights Forum: Warlords and Human Rights

18 Oct 2005
Can a peaceprocess be respected if "peacemaking forces" violate human rights? asks senior researcher and Afghan expert Dr. Arne Strand. In Afghanistan there is a deliberate neglect of human rights by the Afghan government and the UN and - certainly, by the Operation Enduring Freedom - in fear that the warlords would not accept inducement if they could be held accountable for past human rights atrocities.

Law, development and "the poor" in India

17 Oct 2005
Radha D'Souza, previously a lawyer and counsel at the High Court of Mumbai and currently teaching at the School of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand gives a seminar at CMI focusing on public interest litigation, class action suits, constitutional and administrative law.

Changing Politics in Palestine

6 Oct 2005
Popular support to Hamas increases among Palestionians. Hamas's duality as "worshippers" and "warmongers" has made the organisation extraordinarily popular among dispossessed Palestinians and a mounting political challenge to the secular nationalism of the PLO.

Bonded Labour in Nepal: Empirical Evidence and Interventions

19 Sep 2005
Dr. Ramesh Chitrakar is currently a guest researhcer at CMI. Bonded labour or Kamaiya system is a kind of slavery system. The people in Nepal become bonded labour mainly because of the debt, popularly known as "Sauki". His Majesty 's Government of Nepal abolished the system and freed Kamaiyas on July 17, 2000 by writing off of their loan. However, just banning the system was not sufficient to improve the living conditions of the bonded labourers as Kamiyas are the landless-homeless people.

Tribal Peoples, Nationalism and the Human Rights Challenge

19 Aug 2005
In her book on The Adivasis of Bangladesh, Senior researcher Tone Bleie brings together a discussion of minority and indigenous rights with a social science analysis of how ethnic discrimination impacts on poverty processes and outcomes. She argues that colonial and post-colonial states compulsively produce majorities and minorities, marginalizing minorities with scant citizenship rights.

Would you like to be a Master's student at CMI?

5 Jul 2005
Are you working with development issues or human rights? Would you like to write your thesis at CMI? CMI offers a challenging and exciting research environment, the best specialised research library on development literature in Norway, and possibilities to participate in CMI projects.

Global Health and Development

5 Jul 2005
CMI launches a new research programme on Global Health and Development. Millions of people suffer and die from easily preventable diseases in developing countries. Malfunctioning health systems are at the heart of the problem. The goal of the programme is to increase the knowledge of how health systems in developing countries can be brought to deliver better health services.

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.

Nasjonalgaven til Chr. Michelsen tildeles Kristin Marie Bakke

6 Jun 2005
"Chr. Michelsen's gift to the nation" is an annual scholarship for a distinguished Norwegian scholar (Rest of the text in Norwegian). Årets stipend på kr. 50.000 tildeles Kristin Marie Bakke for doktorgradsprosjektet Federal Institutions and the Societies They Govern: How Can Decentralized Governance Contribute to Peace?

Human Rights in Development 2002

30 May 2005
Empowerment, participation, accountability and non-discrimination: Operationalising a human rights-based approach to development, is the theme of this year's volume. CMI researcher Hugo Stokke explores the boundaries of state responsibility in his essay "What is left of State Responsibility? Turning State Obligations into State Responsibility in the Field of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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.

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.

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.

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.