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Welcome to Fafo

Fafo is an independent and multidisciplinary research foundation focusing on social welfare and trade policy, labor and living conditions, public health, migration and integration, and transnational security and development issues. Fafo works within both a domestic Norwegian and larger international context.

New book chapter: Somali perspective on the Contact Group

October 2014
PdD student and Fafo associate Mohamed Husein Gaas has written the chapter "Somali perspective on the Contact Group" in Fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia (Tardy, ed.). The book is published by The European Union Institute for Security Studies. Gaas provides a Somali perspective on the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia's (CGPCS) achievements and limitations. It looks at how the CGPCS has been perceived by Somali authorities and the public, and draws some lessons from the CGPCS’ existence over the last eight years.
Pil Read more and download the book

Living conditions of Palestine refugees in Jordan

30 October 2014
Two new Fafo-reports presents statistics collected through a comprehensive survey of Jordan’s 13 Palestinian refugee camps as well as sample surveys of Palestinian refugees residing both inside and outside these camps. Palestinian refugees comprised about 40 percent of the country’s population and the study finds that whilst people’s conditions have generally improved since the 1990s, camp refugees lag behind outside-camp refugees on most accounts.
Pil Read more and download reports and tabels

Justjobs index 2014 launch

24 October 2014
One of the most pressing issues facing today’s governments is the creation of jobs to drive employment-based and sustainable economic growth. Such jobs must also be jobs complete with appropriate compensation, stability, social security, safety at work, equality of treatment and labor rights.

The JustJobs Index allows us to examine and compare countries’ ability to create and sustain such jobs. The index was presented on a breakfast seminar at Fafo.

Pil Programme Pil Watch the seminar on Fafo-tv

Katrín Ólafsdóttir Stefán ÓlafssonNew NordMod report: Country study of Iceland

22 October 2014
Iceland exhibits some deviations from the Scandinavian model of work and welfare. Katrín Ólafsdóttir (Reykjavík University) and Stefán Ólafsson (University of Iceland) have written the country study of Iceland from the NordMod 2030 project. The authors examine the country's development, including the financial crisis and subsequent bank collapse, and the challenges for the Icelandic version of the Nordic model. Pil Download the Fafo-report Economy, politics and welfare in Iceland Pil Read more about the Fafo-report Economy, politics and welfare in Iceland

Åse Berit GrødelandNew book chapter on informal practice in the judiciary in Eastern Europe

October 2014
Fafo-researcher Åse Berit Grødeland has written a chapter in the anthology East European Faces of Law and Society: Values and Practices. The anthology is edited by William B. Simons, and published by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff. Grødeland's chapter is titled "Informal Practice in the Judiciary:  A Comparison of East Central Europe, South East Europe and the West Balkan". It investigates exposure to, and personal use of, informal practice amongst judges and prosecutors in seven European countries – drawing on findings from large-scale elite surveys conducted in East Central Europe, South East Europe and the West Balkans. Pil Read more about the book

Mark TaylorNew report on conflict zones and illicit trade in uranium

October 2014
Fafo-researcher Mark Taylor has written the report A Rock in Hard Places: Conflict Zones and the Illicit Trade in Uranium, published by the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI). The report examines the question of whether raw materials for the production of nuclear weapons are part of the informal economies of today’s wars. The paper finds little evidence of “conflict uranium”, but identifies potential proliferation risks in the patterns of illicit trade in natural resources from conflict zones. Pil Read the report: A Rock in Hard Places

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Eurofound European Industrial Relations Observatory. Fafo's contribution to Eiro

European Restructuring Monitor. Fafo reports from Norway

Fafo's Forum on the EU enlargement (Fafo Østforum website in Norwegian)

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