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DIY urbanism - not the same for rich and poor

Nigeria.By 2050 it is estimated that most Africans will live in cities. But the local governments will not have enough funds to invest in public services. What does DIY (do it yourself) urbanism mean in this context? Is it something positive or negative? What are the policy and practical implications of DIY urbanism? Interesting interviews at YouTube.

Praise for Africa Now series

Book reviews. Our popular Africa Now book series, created together with Zed Books, continued to receive a lot of praise in 2017. The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class (Ed Henning Melber) was described as “polemic, bold, engaging and an excellent read” in the November...

Ten trends for the upcoming year

Africa 2018. The political parties based on former freedom movements are losing ground, commodity prices still decide the economy, and agriculture faces climate challenges. NAI's director, Iina Soiri, looks into African trends for the year 2018.

Support to cross-border force can provide stability

Sahel and North Africa. Increased support to the G5 anti-terrorism force can stabilize the region, but the key to curbing slave trade in Libya lies in reforming the country's security sector, according to NAI researcher Mikael Eriksson.

Water rituals still part of Tanzanian politics

Natural resources. The Majimaji war (1905–07) against German colonial rule began with water rituals. Maji medicine was supposed to turn bullets into water. NAI guest researcher Nancy Rushohora is studying the water rituals, which people still practise in southern...

'Increased aid does not reduce migration'

Migration. The European Union (EU) wants to increase aid to African countries, but on condition that they take action to prevent migration to Europe. This approach is cynical and does not reduce migration, according to NAI researcher Lisa Åkesson who...

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