The State is the focus for the annual conference of the Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU). It is organised in co-operation with and hosted by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI). The conference will take place at the Institute's premises in Bergen on 5 and 6 October 2000. Everybody interested in development studies is welcome to attend this major annual gathering of development researchers. Students and young researchers are particularly encouraged to take part and to present papers in any of the working sessions. Researchers from other Nordic countries are also invited.