Stavanger: Religion and Aid

Are the Norwegian missionaries conducting good aid or is the aid merely a spearhead of the struggle to save souls? This is one of the main subjects in our debate of the relations between mission and aid. The question raises a principal discussion about faith and politics as well as what good aid is.

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Concerning Faith

Can one really understand Africa without grasping the religious dimensions of the continent? How are we to deal with extreme Islamists? These are only some of the questions (that) the Oslocenter wants to discuss through a series of popular meetings throughout the country.

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Kenya: Promoting Democracy

The President of the Oslo Center, Kjell Magne Bondevik, was in Nairobi early June. The main purpose of the trip was to implement the project the Oslo Center together with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) will conduct during the period June 2011 – November 2012. The project will help prepare the political parties for the elections next year on the basis of the new Constitution.

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Bosnia: Efforts to improve inter-religious relations

The arrest of Mladic is of great importance, but the work towards achieving reconciliation and real inter-ethnic cooperation between the people on the ground in Bosnia-Hercegovina (BiH), will need to continue as before. The Oslo Center with partners have together developed a universal code for protection of holy sites. As part of this project, we are conducting a pilot in BiH.

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Religion and Development Release

The project for Religion and Development was released on Wednesday at Litteraturhuset. The Minister for Environment and International Development Erik Solheim states that the project is essential to comprehend a continuously changing world.

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