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Anne Kielland


Anne Kielland is primarily involved in child and youth research, and is affiliated with the Global Studies Group at Fafo. She collaborates with the Welfare Group on projects for vulnerable populations in Norway.

Kielland started to work for Fafo in 2006, after 10 years at the World Bank, where she had mainly worked with programs for vulnerable children in Africa, but also in South and Central America. Lately she has increasingly worked with the inclusion of vulnerable groups in education in West Africa and Haiti.

She has developed and secured funding for four large-scale programs financed by the Research Council of Norwegian in the West African region, and later led the work on those programs.

Kielland also conducts research with vulnerable groups in Norway, in particular related to living conditions and encounters with welfare, health and education services.

She currently works on two such programs. The first financed by the Research Council of Norwegian on people living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and the second with children and youth with neurobiological diagnoses and their families, financed by Extra-Dam.

Kielland mainly works quantitatively, but also leads qualitative work under some of her projects.


Master of Political Science, University of Oslo
PhD in Sociology, University of Oslo

Area of work

Education and out-of-school children; child protection; child vulnerability; children living with a disability; child labour; child mobility; child migration; child trafficking; the role of children in household risk management strategies.

Current projects

Youth with neurobiological diagnoses

The NEUROLIFE project maps experiences with and perspectives on living conditions, social participation, and public services among young people with neurodevelopmental diagnoses (ADHD, Autism and Tourette's Syndrome). A disproportionate number of young adults with these diagnoses meet physical, social, and financial challenges. There are clear limitations to how the public services are currently able to provide the support this group could need to have better lives.

Education outcome variability in children with disabilities: Structure, Institution or Agency

The project develops knowledge for more equitable education for children with disabilities in primary schools in Ghana and Niger. It has four integrated components: one empirical/theory generative, one methodological, one assessing current tools for disability assessment and one on policy.

European management of migration and refugees

In this project, MARE, we look at Europe's role in the management of migration and refuges in 4 areas, Amman in Jordan, the Bequaa Valley in Lebanon, Agades in Niger and Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda.

Inclusive education for children with a disability in the Sahel

This research project addresses the challenges of inclusive education in the Sahel, a region characterized by fragility and conflict.

Other publications

Completed projects

Services and ME

About the meeting between ME-patients and their next of kin and the public services. Register data, qualitative interviews and a survey will be used to gather new information about this patient group.

Barrierer for jenters utdanning i Vest-Afrika

A Sscoping study on what we know and don’t about trends and sub-group variations.

Education sector consultancy, Niger

Development of brief sector report on education in Niger. Development of brief appraisal document on the Pooled Fund for education in Niger under administration of the World Bank.

Haiti out-of-school children

The Haitian partner, IHE, is contracted by Unicef Haiti to collect quantitative and qualitative data on the profile of out-of-school children and the processes they are part of.

Education in Haiti

Report on the education sector in Haiti with a particular emphasis on the situation in the Sud Department.

Evolution in approaches to education in slums

Background paper for Unesco's Global Monitoring Report 2015, Case studies from Haiti, DRC, Brazil and Bangladesh.