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Dear NFU member,

We would like to thank you for being a member of The Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU). Your membership is important, and it enables us to carry out and coordinate the work we do. We look back at the EADI Nordic conference successfully held in Bergen last summer, and we are now working to strengthen the Nordic connections and to secure a new cycle of Nordic conferences from 2019 onwards. Here is a list of all our past conferences:  Past NFU events

Please find the payment details for your membership fee 2018 below.

NFU was founded in 1983 and has since then worked to connect Norwegian development research communities. We have been a longstanding member of the the EADI (a network of 150 institutes in Europe), and also work working closer with the Nordic associations FAU (Denmark), FSDR (Finland), and Swedish research institutes.

The current NFU board consists of representatives across Norway; UiA, HVL, UiT, NTNU, Fafo, SUM, PHS and Noragric. More details about the board 2018 here:

In addition to supporting for a long standing development research association in Norway, here are some membership benefits:
– You receive newsletters about conferences, seminars and other important issues regarding development research
– Reduced prices to our conferences
– You receive a hard copy of Forum for Development Studies. To get the most out of your subscription we advice you to pay the membership fee at the beginning of the year. Routledge usually sends out the first issue in February, second in May, and last issue in October. If you have changed your postal address, or seem to not receive Forum regardless of having paid your membership, please contact our NFU coordinator:

Paying your membership fee
Many researchers get their NFU membership covered by their institutions. Ask if your department does so too! NB: It is important to state your name upon payment! If you have changed your postal address, also let the coordinator know (


Please register your name upon payment.

Membership fees 2018

Full membership/international membership: NOK490
Student membership/retired persons membership: NOK250

The membership fee is payable to account no. 0540 08 76225
Remember to state your name upon payment.

Welcome to the NFU General Assembly 2017

The general assembly takes place Tuesday, 12 Dec, from 16.00-18.00. The location is Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), C. J. Hambros plass 2, 0164 Oslo. 

Your participation and input to NFU is welcome!

The NFU Annual Report 2017 is to be found here: Annual-report-NFU-2017.

There is an event organized by the TaxCapDev Network going on at NUPI before our general assembly, called “Many Ways to Lose a Billion: Extractive Sector Revenue Loss in Africa”.

President and founder of Resources for Development Consluting, Don Hubert, visits NUPI for the occasion.

The event has a waiting list, so if you wish to attend it remember to register using the link below:


Veier ut av fattigdom – Hva bør Norges bidrag være?

Frokostseminar i Oslo, 8. november 2017, klokka 0800-0930.
“Øyvind Eggen i Civita innleder om hovedlinjene fra rapporten «Veier ut av fattigdom», og peker på hva Norges bidrag bør være. Kjell Roland i Norfund vil deretter ha en kort innledning og kommentar til rapporten en samtale mellom disse to, ledet av Nikolai Hegertun fra Civita.”

Les mer her:

Open call for NFU conference 2018

Norwegian research institutions are invited to arrange the biennial NFU conference in late 2018 (Oct-Dec).

Norsk Forening for Utviklingsforskning (the Norwegian Association for Development Research – NFU) arranges the national conference in close cooperation with the host institution. In addition to the national conferences, NFU co-organize Nordic conferences in cooperation with sister institutions in our neighboring countries.

We encourage interested research communities and institutions to take on the responsibility to arrange the national NFU conference 2018 and write a short concept note (1-2 pages) on conference topic and potential sub-topics, by 10 December 2017 to the NFU board at The NFU board will respond shortly thereafter. Call for working groups and papers could be circulated in in January-February 2018.
NFU will assist in planning and arranging the conference.

For enquiries, please contact, or NFU chair Erlend Eidsvik at

The last NFU conferences have focused on the following overarching topics:

2017 – Globalisation at the Crossroads. Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries. Arranged by NFU, EADI, University of Bergen and CMI, Bergen 20-23 August 2017

2016 – Beyond North and South: Constructing Global Governance for the 21st Century. Organised by SUM – Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.

2015 – A Changing Global Development Agenda? ’Organised by School of Global Studies (SGS), University of Gothenburg, at the Conference Center Wallenberg in Gothenburg 5-6 November 2015.

2014 – On Whose Terms? Communication, Collaboration and Power in Development Research arranged at The Arctic University of Norway UiT in Tromsø,
1-2 October 2014.

2013 – Rethinking Responsibility in Development: Contested Relations between Citizens, States and Corporations co-organized with Nordic partners, held at the University of Helsinki, 12-13 February 2013.

2012 – Development for a Finite Planet: Grassroot Perspectives and Responses to Climate Change, Resources Extraction and Economic Development jointly organised by the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO) and Noragric/Norwegian University of Life Sciences, held at CIENS, 26-27 November 2012.

2011 – Future of Development Research: Exploring the Nordic perspective(s)?, with sister Nordic Development Research Associations, institutions and organisations. Copenhagen Business School, 24-25 November 2011.

2010 – Rethinking crises. Vulnerability, Community and State in Development Research, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Diakonhjemmet University College, and Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo, 25-26 November 2010.

2009 – The New Global Setting: Development Challenges and Alternatives, University of Agder, Kristiansand, 23-24 November 2009.

For the full list since 1984, please see:

Call for sessions: Development Days Conference 2018, Helsinki

The Politics of Sustainability

When: February 15th-16th, 2018
Where: House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteidentalo), Helsinki, Finland
Organized by: The Finnish Society for Development Research

Important deadlines:
20 Oct 2017:
Deadline for Working Group proposals
30 Oct 2017: Call for Papers sent out
30 Nov 2017: Deadline for Paper/presentation abstracts
15 Dec 2017: Notification of accepted Paper abstracts
15 Dec 2017: Registration begins
12 Feb 2018: Registration ends
14 Feb 2018: Pre-conference workshop
15-16 Feb 2018: Development Days Conference

Read more on the conference website:

Call for papers: Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), POLLEN18

POLLEN18: Political Ecology, the Green Economy, and Alternative Sustainabilities

When: 20-22 June 2018
Where: Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway
Organised by: The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Secretariat; Oslo and Akershus University College; Centre for Environment and Development (SUM), University of Oslo; Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Paper/Panel Submission Deadline: 15 December 2017
Conference Website:

NFU Master Thesis Award 2017: Winner!

The jury had a challenging task deciding the winner of the master thesis award 2017. We were impressed by the quality of the master theses, investigating a variety of development aspects, with solid methodological approaches based on empirical data. At the end of the process it was a close race between four strong candidates:

Tone Standal Vesterhus wrote an excellent thesis on Youth, Informality and Public Space, based on fieldwork in Nairobi, Kenya. She investigated how youth in the slums navigate their opportunities and how public spaces play a role in improving the lives of young people.  Antoine de Beny Puyvallée wrote a thesis on Norway’s International response to Ebola, where he investigated the altruism and self-interest involved in humanitarian responses. Henrik Wesenberg Dale wrote a thesis on the donor-recipient relationship between the EU and Etiopia. Amongst his findings he shows how the negotiating capital of the Ethiopian state is high as compared to other sub-Saharan countries. The forth candidate, Andrea Aleman-Andrade wrote about the agency of Andean Agrarian NGOs in the relationship with the Bolivian state´s political model during the last 20 years.

We are happy to announce that the winner of the thesis award is Andrea Aleman–Andrade, enrolled in the Development Management Master programme at the University of Agder, Norway.

Andrea’s master thesis explores the evolvement of the status and role of the NGOs in Bolivia during the past decades as the country has been undergoing different regime changes, culminating with the Andean nationalist-socialist policies of the present MAS government. How NGOs played a crucial role in facilitating the MAS «revolution», only to be later coopted by the socialist state, is an interesting story to be told and discussed. The candidate has through the examples of three different rural NGOS located in the highlands of Bolivia demonstrated how the NGOs have taken different approaches in their relationship to the state in different political periods: NGOs agency for reproduction, applying the demands of the state and the global civil society trends, and NGOs agency for social change, where NGOs have been working to support indigenous and peasant communities beyond the state. The candidate problematizes how the state since 2008 and the so -called commodity consensus wants to use the NGOs as instruments for its rigid laws that show a regimen on the path towards authoritarianism. The difference with the neoliberal period is that the state now demands a relation with NGOs only for the reproduction of the commodities consensus model. A new law demands NGOS to follow the Patriotic Agenda 2025, otherwise, they cannot access to official funds. This is a clear reflection of how the state now exercises direct power over the NGOs, aiming to control their activities and funds. In cases where the NGOs get the license by the state, but work in a different direction, the state can abolish the NGOs. In such cases, NGOs do not have the right to defend themselves. It means that there is no alternative of a relation with the state through an agency of social change that potentially differs from the state’s perspective. NGOs can then no longer be seen as expressions of civil society, but have rather become the instruments of the state. However, for its survival or for sharing similar approaches, NGOs are submitting to the law. Hence, NGOs are accepting to follow the commodities consensus state model, which implies the prioritization of the economy and “productivity”. In this scenario, the relationship of coproduction between NGOs with neoliberal governments seems to be reproduced by the commodities consensus political model, but in the shape of discipline. Again, the most affected by this relation are the Andean communities, since the rural development is based on the state agenda and not on their direct interests, far from the ‘bottom-up linkage approach’ . The state currently demands an Andean agriculture that could respond to neo-liberalistic trends through an increase in production, although climate change and farming strategies do not allow for it.

Despite some minor challenges with the language this is a well written and well-structured thesis where the candidate provides a solid theoretical framework applying the concepts of agency and govermentality when presenting the historical journey of NGOs through a shifting political context radically altering the relationship between organizations and the state. Aleman-Andrande demonstrates an excellent analytical capacity in her discussion and makes an important contribution to an ongoing, and increasingly more politicized and difficult discussion about the role of NGOs and Civil Society Organisations for development processes in Bolivia. The fact that the candidate gets involved in this types of debates, despite the potential harm it may bring for her future professional and academic life in Bolivia requires courage and thus also recognition.

Access the full thesis here:

UiO-PRIO Student Programme

Deadline: Oct 18!
As part of the strategic partnership with the University of Oslo, PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) offers up to ten MA students a work place at PRIO for up to nine months. You will write your thesis in close connection with individual researchers, groups or even as part of an ongoing research project. For more information and how to apply, see

NFU Master Thesis Award 2017

Update: This call is now over, and the winner of 2017 has been announced. For next year´s Master´s Thesis Award, follow the website or newsletters for new call!

NFU Master’s Thesis Award 2017

Have you written an excellent master thesis in the field of development studies?

The award will go to a Master’s thesis that makes a contribution to the field of development, either by practical application or theoretical innovation. This field is broadly defined, and is not confined to the Global South.

Theses examined 1st of August 2016 or later are eligible for submission. The master student who submit the thesis must be examined at a Norwegian institution and be a registered member of NFU.

The winner will be announced mid-August, and the award will officially be handed out at the EADi Nordic conference in Bergen in August (20.-23 August). 


Please submit the thesis, along with a scanned transcript of your MA grade, and attach a 1-page summary of the thesis.

The Evaluation Committee consists of members from the NFU board.
The award is 5,000 NOK.

Submit your thesis here

For further questions contact NFU coordinator:
(NB: Answering will be slower than usual due to summer holiday and conference preparations).