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Controlling the Nile – a struggle with colonial roots

Egypt. Dams and other water projects in Egypt during the 19th century are what interests Jakub Mazanec. He usually studies history at the Charles University in Prague, but has come to the Nordic African Institute to spend time among mong the NAI library...

A deep quest for gold

Mining. Artisanal goldmining is a dirty and heavy job, and often dangerous too. Yet rewarding for those who find a gold vein down in the pit. NAI researcher Cristiano Lanzano explains small-scale mining in Burkina Faso and Guinea.

Evolution from an African perspective

Evolution. We are all Africans, according to author Lasse Berg who discussed evolutionary science from an African perspective with NAI Director Iina Soiri in the NAI Library on Tuesday.

A distress call about water access

Water resources. Gaps in sub-Saharan Africa’s water infrastructure could be filled by adopting financial models inspired by the transport sector, says NAI guest researcher Dr Cush Ngonzo Luwesi.

Portuguese migration continues to Angola

Reversed migration. It is not very common for Europeans to move to African countries. However, in the wake of the economic crisis of 2008 many Portuguese have sought a better future in former Portuguese colony Angola.

Vodun provides identity and self-esteem

Benin. For a long time, the vodun religion was banned in Benin and its followers persecuted. Now it is allowed again, but some fear vodun will simply become a tourist attraction. NAI scholarship-holder Liisa Nokso-Koivisto looks at the cultural heritage of...

Trafficking or just child-raising?

Guinea-Bissau. A current controversy involves talibés from Guinea-Bissau begging in Senegalese cities and giving part of their money to Koranic teachers. International organisations have called it trafficking and a clear abuse of child rights conventions.

Diplomats and researchers discussed global goals

Development. The first session of a two-day symposium on the Sustainable Development Goals revolved around the purpose and expectations of the goals. Raymondo Wilson from the Mozambican embassy raised the question of how a country’s economic performance can be...

Schoolteachers under attack

Burkina Faso. Islamist terrorists have been targeting schools and forcing teachers to give lessons on the Koran and teach in Arabic. People are terrified, according to former NAI guest researcher Lassane Yameogo, but at the same time they are determined not to let...

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