Africa as laboratory

NAI researcher Andrew Byerley reflects on our constant need to measure and examine Africa

Africa has long been imagined as a laboratory by Western political and scientific institutions, first through late-colonial policies and later by western financial institutions and development agencies. The notion of Africa as wild, impeded or flawed object in need of externally driven renewal and corrective (re-)production is an enduring trope that continues to beget diagnostic appraisals.

Click below to read the full article by Andrew Byerley, researcher within the Urban Cluster at the Nordic Africa Institute (pdf opens in new window).

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