Global studies
Fafo conducts research on the social, political and economic dimensions of governance, in particular the challenges to realising rights and responding to sources of insecurity. Our research seeks to better understand how individuals, households, communities and organisations are affected by and respond to violence and other sources of vulnerability. What are the social foundations of transition and conflict? How do people adapt? What are the implications for policy?

News about global studies

Removing obstacles for Uganda's refugee system

Friday, 11 September 2020

This article, written by Ingunn Bjørkhaug, discusses how Uganda’s refugee policies create economic profit for some but poverty for others. As a result, its welcoming open door is on the verge of collapse.

How to draw certainty from uncertain survey data

Monday, 24 August 2020

The regulation of migration and mobility has become one of the more salient political issues of our time. Yet, despite the massive focus on migration and its consequences, we still know relatively little about many migrant groups.

In an article published in International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Guri Tyldum summarises the pro and cons of using so called respondent-driven sampling (RDS) as a methodology for sampling and analysing survey data from rare and elusive populations such as migrants.

New report: Rapid Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and small-scale enterprises in Iraq

Tuesday, 04 August 2020

This report, conducted in collaboration between Fafo and ILO, highlights issues related to employment, income, economic conditions, and prospects for the immediate future amongst Iraqi workers. In addition, the assessment addresses the effects of the pandemic on the country’s small-scale enterprises, including how they are adapting to the challenges that the pandemic presents and the implications for their employees.

The report is part of a series of the effect of COVID-19 in the Arab world, following similar reports on Jordan and Lebanon.