Fafo (http://fafo.no) was founded by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in 1982 and became an independent foundation in 1993. It is located in Oslo, Norway, with regional offices in Jerusalem and Beijing. Fafo develops and disseminates knowledge about changes in living and working conditions, societal participation, democracy and development in a range of social and economic settings. Fafo is organised in two institutes: the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies.
The Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (AIS) conducts policy-related research at the international level, concentrating primarily on countries undergoing substantial structural changes through development, transition and conflict. Fafo AIS researchers are recognized as leaders in their fields and have worked extensively in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Their research aims to be engaged, innovative, advanced methodologically, rigorous, professional and ethical. The institute’s research is “research that matters”, in particular to people most affected by conflict, transition and development and policy makers concerned with those processes. Anchored in a tradition of empirical research, Fafo AIS has developed specialized expertise in the collection and analysis of quantitative data combined with qualitative research approaches.