Chr. Michelsen Institute | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data


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CMI is an independent development research institute in Norway. With a staff of 70 people, we address issues that shape global developments and generate knowledge that can be used to fight poverty, advance human rights, and promote sustainable social development.

Our researchers and programme advisors are social scientists mainly in the fields of anthropology, economics and political science. The pillars of our work are quality research, diversity in disciplines and methods and extensive research communication.  We work closely with partners in the global South to ensure that local perspectives influence our priorities and research questions.

CMI employs staff with a wide range of complementary competencies and we are committed to building strong teams in all parts of the organization. We strive to be an efficient, professional, and financially robust organization that brings out the best in each other.

CMI is located on the campus of the University of Bergen in the city centre. We cooperate closely with the University and the Norwegian School of Economics. Together with the University we have established the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, a venue for dialogue and communication on global challenges.

Chr. Michelsen Institute Resources

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January 2017

Land in Meghalaya, India, was traditionally agricultural land, owned by the community. With increasing privatization and rising commercial value of land for non-agricultural use, many owners have sold the land for mining operations. So-called rat-hole coal mining has resulted in environmental degradation as well as in the loss of lives of miners, most of whom are from outside the state.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2017

Many information technology initiatives have emerged in recent years with the aim of improving natural resource management. These take a variety of technological forms designed either to directly curb corruption in resource extraction and production, or to enhance information flows, facilitate citizen participation, and hold specific actors accountable.

January 2015

Land has always been an important site of struggle in Mexico, often bringing peasant movements and peasant communities into conflicts with the Mexican military. This CMI Insight focuses on the key conflict dimensions since the Mexican revolution (1910-1917) and up till today.

January 2015

This book is about the history of anthropology in Sudan. Contributors to the book represent different generations of anthropologists who at some point in time either taught at the department in Khartoum or had some sort of connection to it.

Reports & Research
March 2013

Land issues have been rising up the agenda of policy makers due to rapid urbanisation and high food prices. Yet, land administration is one of the most corrupt government activities. How should international donors respond? The first priority is to support domestic governments in improving land administration and anti-corruption processes in general.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2011
Latin America and the Caribbean

En tanto las mujeres enfrentan barreras para lograr acceso a la justicia en todo el mundo, existen retos particulares para las mujeres indígenas, la mayor parte de quienes enfrentan una triple discriminación sobre la base de su etnicidad, su género y su clase.

January 2011
Sub-Saharan Africa

A new Land Act introduced in Angola in 2004 demonstrates a genuine interest in the protection of the customary land rights of rural communities and underlines rural communities’ rights to their land. However, the documentation of customary rights in Angolan agriculture is limited.

Reports & Research
December 2008

A igualdade de género e o empoderamento das mulheres têm desde há muito feito parte da agenda internacional do desenvolvimento, e mais ainda desde a Conferência de Beijing em 1995 e da apresentação da noção de “integração do género” (UN/DAW 2008). A questão penetrou também nas políticas nacionais de desenvolvimento, tornando-se parte integrante da maioria dos planos de

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