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The Oslo Center was founded by former
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prime minister
Kjell Magne Bondevik Kjell Magne Bondevik (; born 3 September 1947) is a Norwegian Norwegian, Norwayan, or Norsk may refer to: *Something of, from, or related to Norway, a country in northwestern Europe *Norwegians, both a nation and an ethnic group native to Norway * ...
in January 2006. The purpose of the center is to work for world
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and inter-religious tolerance worldwide. The center cooperates closely with the Carter Center in Atlanta, the Kim Dae Jung Library in Seoul and the Crisis Management Initiative in Helsinki. Shortly after the announced opening of The Oslo Center, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Bondevik told Norwegian newspaper ''Aftenposten'', that the center would focus primarily on negotiations between governments and take on the role as a
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Mediation, mediator in War, conflict areas around the world. He also said that the center would work closely with Western world, western governments and international
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organizations and take advantage of the vast political networks that its members, all former politicians and bureaucrats, had built up over the years. The center has eight Full-time job, full time staff members, all of whom are former Norwegian politicians and bureaucrats, and three Part-time job, part time staff members. The Oslo Center is a non-profit organization and as a consequence relies solely upon donations from the general public. According to the official webpage, the center had enough funds from various Norwegian businesses and corporations in 2007 to keep it up and running for the following five years. The budget for 2007 was 10.5 million Norwegian krones.


Projects

* Burma: **Bondevik co-authored the book ''prisoners in our own country'' about human rights abuse in Burma * North Korea, failure to protect: **Commissioning a study of the present humanitarian situation in North Korea * Club de Madrid: **An organization dedicated to democracy around the world * Inter-culture and inter-religious dialogue: **working for inter-religious dialogue * New born’s right to life: **organization working for the rights of children* * The right to life and the present situation in the Horn of Africa: **organization working in the Horn of Africa * Health and human rights: **Mapping out religious health assets that can be mobilized in the battle against AIDS/HIV in sub-Saharan Africa


Criticism of nepotism

Kjell Magne Bondevik Kjell Magne Bondevik (; born 3 September 1947) is a Norwegian Norwegian, Norwayan, or Norsk may refer to: *Something of, from, or related to Norway, a country in northwestern Europe *Norwegians, both a nation and an ethnic group native to Norway * ...
received criticism from both political commentators and newspapers when he informed the media about the new center. The recurring theme in this criticism was that Bondevik was using his political status to gain an unfair advantage for himself and his new center. Some commentators also felt that it was inappropriate for a recently retired prime minister to accept large sums of money from both the Government and the
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business community, which up until that moment had benefitted from his politics. This was viewed by some as nepotism. Kjell Magne Bondevik, Bondevik was also criticized for selecting President of the Norwegian Parliament, Thorbjørn Jagland, as chairman of the board for the new center. Jagland, also received massive criticism for allowing Bondevik, a retired politician, to announce the opening of the centre in Jagland's Parliament office. Some felt that this raised serious doubts as to whether this was a private peace center, or whether it was under the auspices of the Norwegian Government.


Bondevik's reaction to the criticism

In an interview given to
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newspaper ''Stavanger Aftenblad'', on the 30th of January 2006, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Bondevik responded to some of the recent criticism that had been directed against him. In this interview he defended his actions and assured his critics that he had done nothing wrong. He also made it clear that the funds given to the center came without any strings attached. He also went on record to say that securing donations from private companies and businesses was in his opinion a positive thing, and he encouraged other humanitarian organizations to do the same.DN.no - Bondevik tar til motmæle mot kritikerne
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External links


The Oslo Center webpage


References

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