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Vocational innovations?

15. February 2019

How workers that have fulfilled or are in vocational training contribute to innovation within companies has not been thoroughly detailed. In a new project Fafo will perform case studies to clarify this question. We also aim to shed light on the interplay between vocationally trained and workers with higher education, between the first group and apprentices, as well as the part that trade unions and employer’s organizations play.

Video and new report: Education in the Sahel

14. February 2019

Mali, Burkina Faso og Niger are amongst the poorest countries in the world. Three million children never attend or drop out of school. Strømmestiftelsen has introduced «Speed Schools» that offer the children a fast track back to the regular school system. Fafo researcher Tewodros Aragie Kebede has evaluated the program between 2014 and 2018. The report (available both in English and French) was presented during a designated seminar February 14th

Fafo plays a part in European whistleblower seminar

13. February 2019

Fafo researcher Sissel C. Trygstad was one of the lecturers when the Norwegian government hosted a peer review seminar concerning European cooperation on protection of whistleblowers February 14th and 15th. The seminar was held in English. An archived video stream is available.

Shop stewards: Many tasks, not enough time

13. February 2019

Fafo has surveyed union representatives in the workplaces. The aim was to see which tasks take most of their time, what they feel they lack to fulfill their mandate and which motivations they had to volunteer. Most would wish they had more time and access to better information.

Living conditions amongst Syrian refugees in Jordan have improved

13. February 2019

The outlook has brightened amongst Jordan’s many Syrian refugees. According to a national survey, the number of people who is working or under education has increased. 60 percent think the future will offer improvements from their current situation. Still, poverty is widespread. About 40 percent are in risk of starvation. Also, the dependence on aid is widespread and few think that they will be able to return to Syria in the immediate future.

How vulnerable are beggars from Romania?

12. February 2019

A new article discusses whether migration aimed at begging in the streets of the Nordic countries entail risk of abuse. The two authors find that the resources needed to travel to Norway hardly can be monopolized. Also, migration that leans heavily on network or happens in “clusters” also protects the migrants from abuse from external sources. On the other hand: The dependence on tightknit and informal relations means a higher risk of abuse within families or networks, but there is no evidence that this vulnerability is worsened by the migration process.

“Confessions from a migrant researcher"

12. February 2019

A new book has looked into how migration is treated as a topic for debate and research by researchers, media and politics. One of the people who the journal Tidsskrift for samfunnsvitenskap has asked to offer some reflections after reading Mette Andersson’s book is Jon Horgen Friberg. He warns his colleagues not to end up as victims: – I miss stories about how migration researchers like to be in a hot debate climate and who are aware how lucky we are, he writes (in Norwegian).

When the state sent the teachers away

11. February 2019

In 2004, the responsibility for bargaining with the teachers’ trade unions was handed over from the state to the Norwegian municipalities and counties. The teachers objected, but the government thought it necessary to concentrate more of the duties as employer in the hands of the schools themselves. This brief, written by Åsmund Arup Seip, examines the historical backdrop to both the starting and end point of this shift.

Better help over the threshold

07. February 2019

The social security agency NAV has initiated many projects aiming to get more people with functional impairments in employment. This report looks into the different projects. It identifies similarities and differences between them, as well as factors which the project participants regard as important to succeed. The report also points at good practices for project work generally.

Boosted use of contract labour also in Nordland country

06. February 2019

The use of temporary staff recruitment agencies has recently increased also in Norway’s more rural county of Nordland, according to a brief written by Kristine Nergaard and Elin Svarstad. Building and construction is the main driving force. Despite the objective to spend less, also municipalities and health enterprises has been spending more money on contracted workers.

Fafo breakfast: China in the year of the pig

05. February 2019

Recently China celebrated the 40 years’ anniversary of the reforms that are regarded as the starting point for the country’s enormous growth and development. Since then China has become an economical and technological political world power. Still, many consider the current prospects of political, economic and international development in China in a less optimistic light.

New project: Living conditions for development in Western China

05. February 2019

To build on the previous work in Western China in 2004, Fafo and CASTED plan to conduct a living conditions survey in the four Western provinces Shaanxi, Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan. The project aims to understand global challenges such as good governance, socio-economic development, poverty alleviation, social security, innovation and climate change mitigation in China’s Western region.

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