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We study how development cooperation between countries and organizations is shaped and implemented. We have a proven track record in commissioned studies such as evaluations, policy studies and impact evaluations.

Completed projects

Dec 2017 - Feb 2018

[CoAR: Strategy development ]

Elling N. Tjønneland

Senior Researcher

Kjersti G. Berg

Associated researcher

Siril Kobbeltvedt Herseth

Doctoral Researcher

Arne Strand

Senior Researcher

Inge Tvedten


David Aled Williams

Principal Adviser (U4) and Senior Researcher (CMI)

From Development Aid to Humanitarian Assistance

Development aid aims to bring countries out of poverty. Humanitarian assistance focuses on saving lives following natural or man-made disasters. Recently, there has been a shift from state-led bilateral development support to a larger emphasis on developing a stronger private sector. 

CMI has a long tradition of research and evaluation of different types of development assistance and humanitarian aid, the different actors involved, delivery and funding mechanisms.  In particular, we have done research on gender differentiation, corruption in aid, funding modalities, the gap between humanitarian and development assistance, aid coordination, community involvement and the impact and sustainability of aid delivery.

Our research and evaluations aim to critically examine the short and long-term effect of development aid, and provide recommendations to ensure quality, effectiveness and impact of international aid delivery.