Last update of this source description: 26 March 2008, current as at 12 October 2011.
„[The] Christian Michelsen Institute is an independent, non-profit research institution and an international centre in policy-oriented and applied development research.“ (CMI Website,, accessed on 26 March 2008)
„CMI was founded in 1930, and is located in Bergen, Norway. CMI conducts both applied and theoretical research, and has a multidisciplinary profile anchored in four thematic research groups: Rights, Democracy and Development; Peace, Conflict and the State; Poverty Reduction; Public Sector Reform.” (CMI Website,, accessed on 26 March 2008)
Target group:
Policymakers, national and international institutions, universities, public.
„CMI research aims to inform and influence policy, and to contribute to the public discourse on international development issues.“ (CMI Website,, accessed on 26 March 2008)
„CMI receives core funding through the Research Council of Norway (NFR) from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.“ (CMI Website,, accessed on 26 March 2008)
CMI’s main clients include: NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation); Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; DFID (UK Department for International Development); Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency); the UN and the World Bank.
Studies and consultancies commissioned by CMI’s clients constitute more than half of CMI’s activities and annual project revenue. Independent research is financed by research grants (CMI Website,, accessed on 27 March 2008).
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Countries of Southern, Western, Eastern and Middle Africa, Egypt and Tunisia; Southern, Eastern, South–Eastern and Western Asia; Central and South America.
Thematic focus: Human rights and transitional justice; political accountability and power; court’s social and political role; international ethics and global violence; pro-poor policies, their ethical justifications and their impact; socio–cultural and economic barriers preventing poor people from escaping poverty; post–conflict violence; politics of faith; peace-building in countries emerging from war; public sector reforms (service delivery and infrastructure, corruption, local government, social marginalisation, the role of civil society and traditional institutions, etc).
Reporting methodology:
CMI employs 40 researchers - anthropologists, economists, political scientists, sociologists, geographers and historians. Most of them have substantial experience from developing countries and international organisations (CMI Website,, accessed on 27 March 2008).
CMI enjoys an extensive network of research partners and international contacts, and works in close co-operation with researchers (research institutes and universities) in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The results of this co-operation are joint researches and projects as well as consultancies, staff and publication exchanges (ibid).
In its reports and studies CMI provides in-depth analysis and assessment of specific topics; information for this assessment is gathered from reports, statistics and documents produced by other organisations/institutions, which are properly referenced, as well as from interviews and consultancies with experts and from field work. Sometimes CMI researchers have access also to unpublished reports of various organisations, such as OSCE, UNDP and others.
CMI conducts commissioned as well as independent research.
Publication cycle:
CMI Reports, CMI Working Papers, CMI Briefs and CMI News on irregular basis.
Navigation of website:
Home: News and annual report.
Publications: CMI Reports, Working Papers, Briefs and other CMI publications.
Additional references:
Wikipedia: Christian Michelsen Institute (accessed on 27 March 2008)
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