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Governance deficits and lacklustre conflict management

Southern Africa. SADC, the intergovernmental organisation for Southern Africa, is ineffective in meeting the region's peace and security challenges because many of its leaders are unwilling to enforce democratic principles.

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.

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 show 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.

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.

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...

Rival priorities in the Sahel

Security and development. The G5 Sahel initiative goes some way to make up for the lack of coordination in the troubled Sahel region. But if foreign powers place a one-sided emphasis on fighting terror and stopping migration, it risks becoming yet another excuse to get more...

If Mayors Ruled Somalia

NAI Policy Note,   by Ken Menkhaus, proposes more support to municipalities as the source of the most practical, legitimate and effective formal governance in Somalia.

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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