Military-backed Mnangagwa faces fragmented opposition

Zimbabwe elections.‘Limited changes to reassure the donor community and attract foreign investors´ – that’s how NAI researcher Henning Melber views political reforms in Zimbabwe that have taken place since a military coup last year. The outcome of elections on 30 July is predetermined, he says, as the generals controlling the ruling ZANU-PF party will not accept a defeat.

Everyday corruption a necessary evil

Moral economy. Bribes are part of everyday life in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Many people are involved one way or another, yet all agree that corruption is morally reprehensible.

Borno Governor: A mistake to view Boko Haram as a local problem

Conflict. The Boko Haram terror group emerged from a situation of extreme poverty and social exclusion in northern Nigeria. Since then, it has spread across borders and must now be dealt with jointly by actors from across the Lake Chad region, according to...

'Time to question binary legal systems'

Migration. Transgender people are routinely exposed and questioned simply because they fall outside of perceived male/female gender norms. For transgender asylum seekers, this exposure can be dangerous. NAI guest researcher B Camminga is looking into the...

Middle-class reproducing colonial system

Political development. “In Southern Africa we are seeing a middle-class that is reproducing the colonial systems of exploiting the natural resources”, said Moeletsi Mbeki, a well-known South African analyst, at a recent workshop in Stockholm.  

Transformations of rural spaces in Mozambique

Development. The last decades in Mozambique have been characterized by profound changes in the rural milieu. A NAI conference in Maputo brought together scholars and policy makers to discuss the topic.

Narrow income opportunities turn authors into activists

Literature. Erik Falk’s work at the Nordic Africa Institute revolves around literature in and from East Africa. He is looking at what kinds of books are published and how far they reach. The project aims to give an up to date picture of the status of East African...

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