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Edited Book | Nov 2019

Political Corruption in Africa. Extraction and Power Preservation

Analysing political corruption as a distinct but separate entity from bureaucratic corruption, this timely book separates these two very different social phenomena in a way that is often overlooked in...
Inge Amundsen (ed.) (2019)
Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishers Ltd. c 200 p.
U4 Issue | 2017

Trading in corruption: Evidence and mitigation measures for corruption in the trading of oil and minerals

Between 2011 and 2013, sales of government oil from the ten biggest producers in sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 56% of these countries’ total public revenues. Despite their importance, however, such...
Olivier Longchamp, Nathalie Perrot (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2017:6) 52 p.
CMI Insight | 2017

Taxing the urban boom: property taxation in Africa

The growth of Africa’s towns and cities has outpaced local governments’ capacity for service delivery in terms of management, infrastructure, and financing. As a result, many African towns and cities...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Merima Ali, Tom Goodfellow (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Insight no. 1) 8 p.
Book Chapter | 2017

Corruption and elite capture of mining community development funds in Ghana and Sierra Leone

Community development funds drawing from resource revenues are increasingly used to address issues of revenue distribution and local development in resource production regions. Comparing two West African mining revenue distribution...
Kendra Dupuy (2017)
in David Aled Williams, Philippe Le Billon: Corruption, natural resources and development: from resource curse to political ecology. Cheltenham and Northampton (MA): Edward Elgar Publishing
Book Chapter | 2017

Strengthening institutions against corruption? Biofuel deals in Ghana

Strengthening formal control and oversight institutions is a common policy prescription for addressing corruption in natural resource sectors and escaping from the resource curse. Reflecting on two recent biofuel land...
David Aled Williams, Festus Boamah (2017)
in David Aled Williams, Philippe Le Billon: Corruption, natural resources and development: from resource curse to political ecology. Cheltenham and Northampton (MA): Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited Book | 2017

Corruption, natural resources and development: From resource curse to political ecology

Corruption, Natural Resources and Development provides a fresh and extensive discussion of corruption issues in natural resources sectors. Reflecting on recent debates in corruption research and revisiting resource curse challenges...
David Aled Williams, Philippe Le Billon (Eds.) (2017)
Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing
Book Chapter | 2017

Governance challenges in Tanzania’s natural gas sector: Unregulated lobbyism and uncoordinated policy

Resource discoveries often result in expectations of rapid growth, but also major concerns for increasing corruption. The resource curse literature puts a strong emphasis on the need to build capable...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Jesper Johnsøn (2017)
in Aled Williams and Philippe le Billon: Corruption, natural resources and development: from resource curse to political ecology. Edward Elgar Publishing
CMI Insight | 2016

Ending child marriages – new laws bring progress but hurdles remain

Reform of family law is considered among the most difficult to achieve since it contests ‘the notion of women and children as property’.  There is a continuum ranging from criminalization...
Vibeke Wang (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Insight no. 4) 8 p.
Report in External Series | 2014

Building Blocks for Peace An Evaluation of the Training for Peace in Africa Programme

The Training for Peace in Africa  programme (TfP) was initiated in 1995 and has been fully funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is implemented to five partners...
Elling N. Tjønneland,Torunn Wimpelmann, Anna Paterson, Chris Albertyn, David Fleming, Alice Hills (2014)
Oslo: Norad (Evaluation Department no. 6/14) 137 p.
Book Chapter | 2013

Can Ghana Avoid the Resource Curse?

Oil exploration in the developing world has been and continues to be a high profile and high risk activity attracting media coverage and stimulating much debate. In Governance of the...
Inge Amundsen (2013)
in Kwaku Appiah-Adu: Governance of the Petroleum Sector in an Emerging Developing Economy. Farnam, Surrey, UK: Gower Publishing Ltd.
U4 Issue | 2013

Distributing mining wealth to communities in Ghana: Addressing problems of elite capture and political corruption

In the context of a mining boom in Africa, a critical consideration is how governments use increased mineral wealth to foster development, particularly in rural communities where mining takes place. While many...
André Standing, Gavin Hilson (2013)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2013:5) 30 p.
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2013

NHOs mørke solskinshistorie

Kristin Skogen Lunds forteljing om norske verksemders aktivitet i utviklingsland manglar rot i røynda. Tragedien i In Amenas synte at norsk offentlegheit treng ærleg debatt og kunnskap om den vanskelege verkelegheita...
Thor Olav Iversen (2013)
27.04.13
Book Chapter | 2013

The Challenges of Petroleum Revenues: Ghana, Corruption, and Institutions

The potential for using revenues from extractive resources for inclusive growth in Africa is tremendous. However, the realisation of the transformative role that extractive industries could play in sustainable development...
Inge Amundsen (2013)
in Timothy Afful-Koomson and Kwabena O. Asubonteng: Collaborative Governance in Extractive Industries in Africa. Accra, Ghana: United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2013

Begrunnet afrikansk motstand

Vestlige land bør være mer ydmyke overfor afrikanske lederes evne til å rydde opp på eget kontinent. I forrige uke holdt afrikanske statsledere et ekstraordinært møte i hovedkvarteret til Den afrikanske union...
Gunnar M. Sørbø (2013)
Morgenbladet 18.10
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2012

Ghana fant olje - kan det gå bra?

(Op-ed.) Ghana found oil in 2011 - in modest quantities. With its good management and good governance, there is reason to believe Ghana will avoid falling into the "resource curse"...
Inge Amundsen (2012)
Bergens Tidende 28.11.2012
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2012

Is oil-rich Angola a development success?

Ten years after the end of its civil war, Angola, which is heading to the polls Friday, has been transformed into a regional African power with a strong economy, but...
Arne Wiig and Ivar Kolstad (2012)
CNN 30.08.2012
CMI Working Paper | 2012

Local government revenue mobilisation in Anglophone Africa

This paper examines opportunities and constraints facing local revenue mobilization in Anglophone Africa with an emphasis on urban settings. Specific revenue instruments and their effects on economic efficiency, income distribution...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Kari Heggstad (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2012:6) 38 p.
Journal Article | 2011

Modernisation narratives and small-scale fisheries in Ghana and Zambia

The desire to modernise African small-scale fisheries has persisted since colonial times. In terms of research into and policy on fisheries, mainstream narratives have depicted fishers and fishing communities as...
Ragnhild Overå (2011)
in Forum for Development Studies vol. 38 no. 3 pp. 321-343
Report in External Series | 2011

Political economy of the mining sector in Ghana

With a focus on the institutional set-up and the political environment as central to understanding and rectifying the poor impact of mining on Ghana’s economic development, this paper highlights the...
Joseph Ayee, Tina Søreide, G. P. Shukla, Tuan Minh Le (2011)
Washington DC: World Bank (Policy Research Working Paper no.5730) 52 p.
Commissioned Report | 2011

Review aidmemoire,mid-term review of the Danish Africa for Peace Programme, Phase II

Elling N. Tjønneland (co-author) (2011)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute