Aslak Jangård Orre
Africa-China Relations: Balance, Growth and a Sustainable Future
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Political scientist whose competence areas include local government reform, corruption and opposition in Africa.
Orre is educated in political science and social anthropology, and key competence areas include local government reform and the politics of decentralisation, corruption and anti-corruption, as well as parties and opposition in Africa.
Current research interests also include the political economy of oil in Africa, the role of China in Africa; media, public space and press freedom; taxation and public sector reform, and the telecom sector.
Orre's research focus is on Angola and Mozambique, and he has followed political development in Venezuela closely over the 15 years. He led CMI's cooperation programme with the Angolan institute Centro de Estudos e Investigação Científica (CEIC) between 2010 and 2015, which focusses on the Angolan "oil state" and how its politics and economy can be reformed to enhance equitable social and economic development. He also took part in CMI’s previous collaboration in Angola (with A-IP 2002-4).
Orre has extensive experience in project and programme management, editing for publication, mixed-method research, planning and carrying out surveys, interview-based methodology (more than 700 interviews in Angola and Mozambique) and the organization of conferences. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the new master programme in the Development and Resource Economics at UCAN.
He has participated in long- and short term studies, including consultancies (for the Norwegian MFA, NORAD, Mozambique Govn’t), evaluations and extensive field work. He has lived and worked in Mozambique and Portugal.