Regional actors key players for peace

Peacebuilding. As researchers and policy analysts we need to support Africa’s regional economic organisations (RECs) in their expanded mandate to work for peace, says Victor Adetula, Head of Research at The Nordic Africa Institute.

Weighing social and environmental justice

Social affairs. Should we prioritise social justice or natural ecosystems when upgrading informal settlements? NAI guest researcher Olumuyiwa Adegun is developing a framework that balances both values.

African youth abandon formal politics

Youth activism. Many young Africans have turned their backs on formal politics. They feel abandoned by a political elite who shows little understanding of their lack of life opportunities. In their search for new ways to reach influence, they are often met by...

Another victory for democracy in West Africa

Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the latest example of democracy taking root in West Africa, according to NAI head of research Victor Adetula, who calls recent elections in the region a success story.

Classic critique of ‘ethnic identity’ concept

#Great books on Africa. Au cœur de l’ethnie by Jean-Loup Amselle and Elikia M’bokolo criticises the concept ‘ethnic identity’. “Although published in 1985, it became even more interesting in the 1990s when several conflicts in Africa were labeled as ethnic conflicts. The...

She stepped inside the Africanist bubble

Scholarships. At the Nordic Africa Institute master's student Niina Ahola found the tools to develop her research about war trauma among former Lord’s Resistance Army abductees in northern Uganda.

What's his greatest challenge?

South Africa. We asked two of our South Africa experts what they see as the single most crucial challenge for South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa. They gave two quite different answers.

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