Knowledge about labour, education, welfare and migration nationally and internationally

A few days after Nigeria’s presidential elections, with a disputed winner declared, Camilla Houeland offered some initial conclusions and prospects.

The 6th most populated country in the world is preparing its president election. An outsider candidate, Peter Obi, is the surprise favorite in this week’s Nigerian presidential election. Obi has attracted support from labor and youth activists, but his neoliberal economic agenda won’t address the dire social conditions afflicting Nigeria, Camilla Houleland and Sa’eed Husaini write in this article.

Norway allocated a total of NOK 60 billion to the EEA and Norway Grants from 2004 to 2021. The grants seek to reduce economic and social disparities in the EEA and to strengthen bilateral relations between donor and recipient countries. In addition to good results in the beneficiary countries – such as support for civil society and as a counter-move against authoritarian forces – the grants show positive effects for Norway, according to the review. The report was commissioned by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This book focuses on the emotional hazards of conducting fieldwork about or within contexts of violence. It provides a forum for field-based researchers to tell their stories. The volume engages with the methodological and ethical issues involved and features a range of expressive writings that reveal personal consequences and dilemmas.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has one of the highest prevalence of stunting (malnutrition expressed as low height for age) globally. This article finds that the local conditions for vegetation, which is an important food source, has an important protective effect against stunting in children under five years of age.

This article provides new perspectives on the relationship between state and citizen and the role of trade unions in African petro-states. Nigerian trade unions have been crucial in recurring protests against the dismantling of petrol subsidies, and Camilla Houeland suggests that the protests are arenas for the exercise of and demands for deeper citizenship related to civil, economic and political rights. In this, the trade unions act as a mediator between the state and citizens, and thereby confirm their relevance.

A new scientific article, based on data from the Oslo region, finds that attitudes towards Muslims among students with a majority background are more positive in schools where the proportion of Muslims is higher. This finding indicates that increased contact across religious divides may contribute to more positive attitudes.

In 2022, a record number of people have fled the war in Ukraine and received temporary protection in other European countries. In this publication, Ida Kjeøy and Guri Tyldum describe how Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Norway think about migration and the option to return to Ukraine.