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Book Chapter | 2020

Gender, Violence and Competing Sovereign Claims in Afghanistan

Torunn Wimpelmann (2020)
in Rebecca Bryant and Madeleine Reeves: Sovereign Agency. Cornell University Press
U4 Practitioner Experience Note | 2020

Twenty years with anti-corruption. Part 9. The UK’s changing anti-corruption landscape – new energy, new horizons

Between 2013 and 2018, the UK made unusually rapid progress in improving instruments to address corruption. These advances included legal reforms, such as establishing beneficial ownership registers, Deferred Prosecution Agreements,...
Phil Mason OBE (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practitioner Experience Note 2020:9)
Journal Article | 2020

Polygynous Neighbors, Excess Men, and Intergroup Conflict in Rural Africa

We argue that polygyny creates a social imbalance where few, economically well-off men marry many wives and many poor men marry late or never. By definition, polygyny produces what we...
Carlo Koos, Clara Neupert-Wentz (2020)
in Journal of Conflict Resolution vol. 64 no. 2-3 pp. 402-431
U4 Practitioner Experience Note | 2020

Twenty years with anti-corruption. Part 6. The end game: asset recovery and return – an unfinished agenda

The tracing, confiscation, and return of stolen funds is the final part of the anti-corruption journey. Successful recoveries and returns are crucial if ‘returner’ and ‘receiver’ countries are to be...
Phil Mason OBE (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practitioner Experience Note 2020:6)
U4 Brief | 2020

Covid-19 and donor financing. Minimising corruption risks while ensuring efficiency

With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, development aid and donor agencies face new challenges. They have to deliver essential products and financial assistance in a short time frame to...
Guillaume Nicaise (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2020:10)
U4 Guide | 2020

Supporting civil society during the Covid-19 pandemic. The potentials of online collaborations for social accountability

There are significant corruption risks during times of crisis. Civil society has an important role to play in ensuring funds to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic reach their destination. Donors and...
Saul Mullard, Per Aarvik (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Guide 2020:1)
U4 Issue | 2020

Incubating change-makers. Youth-driven innovative approaches to accountability in Nepal

Through their innovative ideas, an empowered youth have the potential to hold governments accountable and work towards the reduction of corruption. Incubator-type programmes can turn these ideas into solutions for...
Jenny Bentley, Saul Mullard (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2020:5)
U4 Brief | 2020

Improving audits to increase the effectiveness of development funding

Donors and development actors rely quite heavily on audit reports, despite their high cost and the disruption they cause. Yet it is questionable whether this reliance is justified as most...
Philip McMinn Mitchell (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2020:1)
U4 Issue | 2019

Corruption in universities: Paths to integrity in the higher education subsector

Corruption and fraud in higher education is a global scourge that hinders human capital formation, especially in developing countries. It ranges from political capture of universities to favouritism in admissions,...
Monica Kirya (2019)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2019:10)
Report in External Series | 2019

The “CIA’s Army”: A Threat to Human Rights and an Obstacle to Peace in Afghanistan

Afghan paramilitary forces working with the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have long been a staple in the US war on terrorism in Afghanistan and the border region with...
Astri Suhrke and Antonio De Lauri (2019)
Providence: The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University (Costs of War) 14 p.
U4 Issue | 2019

Addressing illicit financial flows for anti-corruption at country level. A primer for development practitioners

Developing countries lose a massive volume of wealth through illicit financial flows (IFFs), presenting a major threat to their development. Initiatives to address IFFs exist at national, regional, and international...
Maria Helena Meyer Dolve, Saul Mullard (2019)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2019:8)
CMI Brief | 2019

Civil society’s role in petroleum sector governance: The case of Tanzania

Good governance in the management of natural resources is now recognized by scholars and policy makers as key to ensuring that countries can prevent and escape the resource curse and...
Kendra Dupuy, Lise Rakner, Lucas Katera (2019)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief no. 2019:02) 4 p.
U4 Issue | 2019

Addressing corruption risks in multi-partner funds

Donors are increasingly relying on multi-partner funds for delivering results on challenging development and humanitarian issues and in difficult situations. Such funds are therefore growing in number and sophistication in...
Arne Disch, Kirsten Sandberg Natvig (2019)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2019:2)
Journal Article | 2018

Decade of Despair: The Contested Rebuilding of the Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp, Lebanon, 2007–2017

In mid-2007 the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli was destroyed by the Lebanese Army battling an insurgent Islamist group, Fatah al-Islam. Displacing about 30,000 Palestinian refugees, it was one...
Are John Knudsen (2018)
in Refuge - Canada's Journal on Refugees vol. 34 no. 2 pp. 135-149
Journal Article | 2018

Maputo: Ethnography of a Divided City

Rapid urbanisation is one of the most dramatic developments on the African continent, often yielding contrasting and shocking images of affluent businesses and residential districts alongside sprawling shantytowns or slums....
Inge Tvedten, Fábio Ribeiro, João Graca, Bjørn Bertelsen (2018)
in Journal of Anthropological Films vol. 2 no. 2
U4 Brief | 2018

The Mozambique hidden loans case: An opportunity for donors to demonstrate anti-corruption commitment

When the Mozambican government issued guarantees for over 1 billion US$ - ignoring their own oversight mechanisms and lending rules - they ended up in public debt distress. Donors have...
David Aled Williams (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2018:6)
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2018

Besteuerung und Kapitalflucht aus Afrika: Die Steuervermeidungsindustrie [The tax avoidance industry: facilitators of capital flight from Africa]

To combat the global problems of tax evasion, corruption and money laundering, it is vital to understand the essential role tax havens play as providers of secrecy. This requires knowledge...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2018)
Afrika-bulletin 171 Entwicklungspolitische Zeitschrift des Afrika-Komitees Basel Sept/Okt 2018
U4 Brief | 2018

Promoting global health through clinical trial transparency. Prevent research waste and grand corruption

The current lack of transparency in clinical trials threatens progress on the Sustainable Development Goals' health objectives. Unreported and misreported clinical trial outcomes result in the misallocation of public health...
Till Bruckner (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2018:5)
Book | 2018

Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

It has long been debated whether Africa's lack of growth is best explained by the continent's exploitation by the global system, or by internal failures of domestic political leadership, and...
Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2018)
London/New York: Zed Books (African Arguments Book Series,) 216 p.
CMI Working Paper | 2018

Professional Agency in the Ecology of Wrongdoing

This study offers an account of individual agency within a constructivist view of professional wrongdoing. The main contribution is a model in which the neglected role of individual professionals is...
Brooke Harrington, Copenhagen Business School (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2018:8)