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Street vending is a precarious living

DIY urbanism.City governments in many African cities prefer the Western idea of big shopping malls, instead of having street and market vendors in the city. Even though the vendors pay fees and taxes, they constantly face threats of eviction and demolition.

Ethiopia's success story problematised

Development. ‘Ethiopia rising’ – the idea of a prosperous and fast-developing country – is a recurring theme as Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front consolidates its power. NAI scholarship holder Fisseha Tefera is looking into how...

Neighbourhoods carry out police work

Security. Lacking police resources have pushed inhabitants in Nigerian cities towards community policing. However, also militia groups and criminals are doing police work.

Trade equality lessens Africa’s aid dependency

Economy. African countries would get paid significantly more for their agricultural produce and minerals if terms of trade were equal. Today it is a buyer’s market and that says a lot about power relations between Africa and Europe.

After Weah's win, Taylor allies waiting in the wings

Liberia. Liberia’s new president George Weah has promised to bring change to his country. However, according to NAI researcher Anders Themnér, rather than putting an end to old structures based on corruption and nepotism, the Weah presidency is likely to see...

Self-interest behind shift of China’s Africa policy

Peacekeeping. China is contributing troops to two current UN operations in Africa – in Mali and South Sudan. This marks a change from its previous policy of non-intervention. However, according to NAI scholarship holder Obert Hodzi, self-interest lies behind the...

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Condemning racism is not enough

Blog post. African leaders need to do more than voice their concerns about the growing tide of xenophobia. Here are four pieces of advice from NAI researcher Patience Mususa.

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