Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

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Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Exchanging village life for prostitution in town

Tanzania.Girls and young women from the rural Nyiramba region often move to the nearest city Mwanza. Many end up as sex workers in bars. NAI guest researcher Ludovick Myumbo explores how the girls perceive their own situation and what choices they have made.

Small steps towards school for all

Education. In Zanzibar teachers use problem-based action-research to make schools more accessible for all children, including those with disabilities or learning difficulties. Traditionally, children who were deemed “uneducable” were simply left at home, NAI...

More consumers won’t rescue democracy

New book. Many view the rapidly growing middle class in Africa as the solution to the continent’s political and economic problems. NAI researcher Sirkku Hellsten questions the very concept of the middle class and instead points to an absence of political...

Resolution of the Gambian crisis deserves more recognition

Gambia. The political crisis in the Gambia was resolved with the help of neighbouring countries under the auspices of West African sub-regional body Ecowas in collaboration with the African Union. In the end, this turned out to be a case of ‘African solutions...

Failed system won’t change overnight

Nigeria. Protests against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government have taken place in some Nigerian cities. Victor Adetula, head of research at NAI, views these developments as a sign of a rising citizens’ consciousness. However, he cautions against the...

Warlords turn politicians

Peace-building. “Research shows that former warlords need to be included when building peace. However, in some cases they keep playing of fear when running for office”, NAI peace and conflict researcher Anders Themnér says.

Why people are moving to the city

Migration. Why are people moving from the country to the city in Angola and Mozambique? NAI senior researcher Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues talks about her work on urban-rural migration. Film: Mattias Sköld

Gold and cyanide

Burkina Faso. The use of cyanide for gold extraction has changed the entire production chain of artisanal mining in Burkina Faso. And more importantly, it has rocked the power structure.

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