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2015

Mining towns on the Copperbelt

Cities are emerging where minerals are extracted. But who is planning them and how will people make a livelihood when mines are no longer profitable and have to lay off workers? This is what NAI researcher Patience Mususa is examining in the Zambian...

Ethnic agitation in Nigeria

Ethnic agitation is becoming increasingly common in Nigeria. However, according to NAI researcher Victor Adetula it is seldom about ethnicity but involves, rather, local elites negotiating for power. Nonetheless, with the large numbers of unemployed...

Reshaped gold mining

Gold mining has become a key sector for many West African economies following the increase in global prices during the last two decades. This is accelerating internationalization and transforming the livelihoods of millions of people. NAI researcher...

The Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2016

The Claude Ake Visiting Chair was set up in 2003 to honour the memory of Professor Claude Ake, a distinguished scholar, philosopher, teacher and humanist. The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic Africa Institute currently invite...

Holy water in Ethiopia

One of the holiest places in Ethiopia is the monastery Tana Kirkos in Lake Tana. Terje Oestigaard and a team of NAI researchers went there to see the footprints of Jesus and Virgin Mary. The team also visited the legendary source of the Blue Nile...

Mozambique 40 years

Wednesday 2 December at 18.30-20.00: Mozambique 40 years - literature and photography in a changing country. With Stefan Helgesson, Professor of English, Stockholm University and Sérgio Santimano, Swedish-Mozambiqan photographer. Venue:The Nordic...

Separatists or freedom fighters – the politics of labels

For a long time, the Eritrean liberation struggle, unlike many similar struggles in the Third World, was ignored and neglected. It was largely defined by African countries, as well as the international community, as a separatist and narrowly...

Tension in Tanzania after elections

The ruling party’s candidate, John Magufuli, has been declared winner of the elections in Tanzania. However, the situation is tense and the opposition cries foul play. It is particularly complicated at Zanzibar, where the elections were called off...

In search of political ideology

There are game-changing influences from the world’s new economic powers on one hand, and growing fundamentalism and terrorism on the other. New NAI researcher Sirkku Hellsten is seeking to identify the ideologies in play in a changing Africa.

Boko Haram is being pushed back

Since President Buhari came to power in Nigeria, the Boko Haram insurgency, which has been spreading terror in the country in recent years, has been pushed back. There are two main explanations for this, argues NAI guest researcher Dr. Adebusuyi...

Costs and benefits of mining

Mining in Africa is seen as creating jobs and increasing incomes for local people. However, there are also problems. NAI researcher George Adu explores how mining affects the environment, the economy and the health of those living nearby.

Jobs, education or farming – where does aid matter the most?

Sweden is reviewing its policy for international cooperation. Important input to this process comes from people in developing countries. The Nordic Africa Institute has asked African researchers which development issue they think should be addressed...

Investigating the wounds of young South Africans

South Africa has one of the highest rates of violent crimes in the world. South African psychology professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela leads a research project that investigates what she thinks might be a key to understand the violence in her country –...

Nobel Peace Prize 2015

With the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 being awarded to the National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia the NAI library has compiled two useful lists of books: 1. About the Arab spring 2. About Tunisia

Henning Mankell 1948-2015

It is with outmost sadness that NAI received the news about author Henning Mankell's death. He visited NAI on several occasions. In 2012 Henning Mankell inaugurated a dedicated fiction literature room in the NAI library that bears his name. Henning...

Workshop on traditional African healing

Traditional African medicine was long dismissed and discriminated against as harmful superstition. In recent years, however, the value of traditional healing practices has been slowly recognized by researchers as well as a number of African...

Inclusive growth talks in Maputo

NAI director Iina Soiri and other Nordic experts, academics and development practitioners will engage in dialogue with their Mozambican partners in October on the topic of inclusive growth. The conference is opened by the President of Mozambique...

Rethinking the refugee crisis

Create legal entry points into the EU and start recruiting labour through EU embassies in Africa. And don’t forget the individual aspirations and capabilities of the migrants. NAI’s migration researcher Jesper Bjarnesen offers advice to EU...

NAI researher at peace conference in Khartoum

Redie Bereketeab, researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, has been invited to discuss possible solutions to the ongoing conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan at a conference arranged by University of Bahri in Sudan, University of Juba in South Sudan...

Big projects around Lake Tana

The Ribb Dam in Northern Etiopia is one of many planned dams in the Lake Tana region. The dam has several purposes; it will serve as water reservoir to be used during the dry season, be used for irrigation purposes, and to reduce silt downstream...

Digging for environmental justice

Political ecologist Connor Cavanagh is studying the politics of land and environmental protection in Kenya. He divides his time between Oslo and Nairobi, but some of the most crucial sources for his research, sensitive documents from the Kenyan...

A risky move by the old elite

Wednesday’s military coup in Burkina Faso was a bold and probably ill-thought-out move whose results are yet to be determined, writes NAI researcher Cristiano Lanzano.

Untold history of female war veterans in Mozambique

A year of field studies among female war veterans in Mozambique gave Finnish ethnographer Jonna Katto not only essential material for her research, but also a deeper understanding of how the “national” history-telling differs from the self-perceived...

Investing in research pays off

"Every child must learn how to read, write and count. But African governments and international development organizations shouldn’t put all their resources and efforts on primary education. Investments in higher education and research may in the long...

Smallholder farmers – the backbone of Ethiopian agriculture

Water dams and irrigation schemes are on their way in the Lake Tana region in Ethiopia, but what’s the current situation like for the region’s smallholder farmers? This question was raised at an NAI workshop in the region’s main city Bahir...

Seminar and launch - Festschrift for Kjell Havnevik

The Festschrift is a collection of essays focusing on East Africa, with an emphasis on Tanzania. The book chapters review the challenges that agricultural producers have faced in the past and risk facing today and tomorrow.

Democracy or one party?

In June, Al-Bashir, Sudan’s leader since 1989, was sworn in for another five years as president. Few if any experts had expected any other outcome of the 2015 election. But will the 71 year old ex-military leader, who is accused by the ICC of war...

Good things come in threes

A sociologist, an archaeologist and a criminologist. Our research team at the Nordic Africa Institute will be strengthened in September by the arrival of three new guest researchers.

Tanzania in the spotlight

Is Africa rising? Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa experience remarkable growth. Afrooptimists claim that an economic transformation is imminent, while critics argue that growth is mainly in the extractive sectors, with little improvement being...

Burundi is not Rwanda

Fear is spreading in Burundi, a country with a history of ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi. This scenario brings to mind the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. However, the situation in the two countries is very different. Jesper Bjarnesen, senior...

Is peace possible in South Sudan?

In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa efforts are made to stop the 20-month long civil war in the young nation of South Sudan. The talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels are led by the regional organisation IGAD.

Burundi: spiral of violence

An attack on a human rights advocate on Tuesday appears to be a retaliation for the assassination of a general close to President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Return migrants as developers?

“Just because people have lived in Europe does not mean they are able to overcome structural problems in their countries of origin”, NAI researcher Lisa Åkesson says. Åkesson and Maria Eriksson Baaz are editors of new Zed Book that questions the idea...

New leaders bad for business?

“African people no longer quietly sit and watch while their leaders change the constitutions. However, the international community and multinational companies often prefer the old leaders to remain in power. They want business as usual with the very...

Contested land reform successful

“Everybody thought it was chaos. It was not. We see now that people’s livelihood really have changed”, Patience Mutopo says about the land reform in Zimbabwe.

Children away from home are easily recruited by terrorists

It started as resistance against a new helmet law for motorcycle taxi drivers. Some years later Boko Haram had grown into a well-trained terrorist movement threatening the state of Nigeria. Besides from weaken Boko Haram with military force, Jibrin...

Apartheid’s legacy still exist

“If you are white you are associated with power and privileges. And if you are black you are associated with poverty or disadvantages. The legacies of apartheid in South Africa are still very present in everyday life. Perhaps is the concept of...

Rather more dialouge than sending drones

International peace keepers in Northern Mali might further radicalize the region, which has a long history of rebellions. NAI researcher Mats Utas would prefer increased dialogue with people living in the region instead of sending more troops or...

NAI books on the internet

We are now publishing our Africa Now book series on the internet for anyone to download and read. This will allow our researchers to reach new readers and to be more frequently cited in other academic work.

Elections don't bring changes

Current popular protests in African countries are directed not only against political leaders but also against the whole system affecting people’s social and economic lives, argues well-known French-Egyptian economist Samir Amin. At the CODESRIA...

A New Dawn for Little Towns

“If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere” – so run the lyrics from the musical New York, New York. They might just as well have been written about Angola’s booming capital Luanda, one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, which attracts people...

Middle-class migrants suffer too

“Xenophobia is so normalized in South Africa that we don’t question it anymore”. Sarah Chiumbu is originally from Zimbabwe but has lived many years in South Africa. Xenophobia in South Africa is not only taking place in poor neighborhoods, also...

Conference in Finland 2016

"Poverty's Causes and Consequences in the Urban Developing World" August 4–6, 2016 at University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Session proposals should be submitted no later than August 30th, 2015. NAI is co-organiser and there is no registration fee for...

Nigeria-expert in Almedalen

“I want to emphasize the need to understand Boko Haram in a northern Nigerian context. The area in which they operate is marginalized and neglected, which provides space for movements like Boko Haram to arise”, says NAI researcher Henrik Angerbrandt...

Burkina Faso after the brush-up

The successful ousting of former leader Blaise Compaoré was the beginning of new hopes in Burkina Faso. However, the obstacles continue to persist in the struggle to clean up the political landscape to make room for the changes people crave for. NAI...

Meet NAI’s researchers at Almedalen

“Women do half of the farm work and most of the household work, they are the main providers of food, water and fuel. Still, Ethiopia is a very male-dominated society”, says Atakilte Beyane, researcher at NAI, on women’s situation in rural...

Monuments in Nairobi

Welcome to the exhibition "Monuments in Nairobi" at Uppsala Art Museum by NAI's guest researcher Dr. Lydia Muthuma. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 17 June at 5 pm. The exhibiton is open until 26 June (see Uppsala Art Museum's opening hours...

Advise on cocoa reached the top

NAI researcher Gun Eriksson Skoog visited Liberia in May to share her research findings about the cocoa market. To her surprise, she was invited by the president’s chief economist to present her recommendations on how to improve market conditions.

Liberia needs legal reform

What Liberia now needs most is reform to its legal system. One way to achieve this is by appointing international lawyers as watchdogs, says NAI researcher Mats Utas.

Tools for peacekeeping

A deeper understanding of democracy, and concrete tools to analyse and find solutions to problems - these are two of many eye-opening insights that Nancy Annan and Bonaventure Guedegbe have gained while attending a training programme for peacekeepers...

Reforms necessary to win over Boko Haram

The new President of Nigeria may be a former general, but he will not be able to crush Boko Haram with military means alone. In order to win the fight against the feared terror organization the President will need to make social reforms that bring...

Research Scholarship-holders at NAI

Research scholarship holders Edwin Warden and Louise Corrigan have become part of several post graduates that conducted their research thesis at the Nordic African Institute. The duo´s month-long activity at NAI exposed them to an environment that is...

New network for Africanists

A new network for Nordic Africanists is now launched. However, much more needs to be done before everything will work according to plans. The first challenge is to recruit members and secure funding. The Nordic Africa Research Network, NARN, is an...

Monuments are like family photos

“Monuments are like family photos. Perhaps your mother doesn’t smile in the picture or the children are dressed in dirty clothes. They are still your family. The same is true of our monuments ‒ they show the Kenya we have.” NAI guest researcher Lydia...

Path to inclusive democracy

Slavery is still a reality in Mauritania. However, a new order might be imminent. Political representatives of the vulnerable Haratin ethnic group have become important actors and President Aziz has opened the way for a more inclusive democracy, says...

Facebook instead of weapons

The strongest weapon is peaceful demonstrations. This was the message from young protesters in Bujumbura that NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen met with in Burundi a few weeks ago. Protesters use facebook, twitter and whatsapp to communicate and...

African detective novels a good start

Åsa Lund Moberg, head of the library at the Nordic Africa Institute was interviewed at radio P4 Uppland on the occasion of the theme day on "African Crime". She noted that the detective story is an easy entry to other literature for those who are not...

Cocoa farmers better off

Increased competition among buyers and farmers organising themselves in cooperatives have led to better business opportunities for smallholder cocoa farmers in Liberia, NAI researcher Gun Eriksson Skoog concludes in a fresh study. She is now in...

In Burundi life is on pause

In Burundi the political chaos is making it difficult for ordinary people to do their everyday-business. In a blogpost Gudrun Sif Fridriksdottir tells of a teacher who puts on sports attire before going to work. The teacher fears being stopped by...

Facts vs fiction in Africa crime

What´s facts and what’s fiction in African crime – that’s the topic for an open seminar at the Nordic Africa Institute May 21. Renowned writers as Margie Orford and Helon Habila will attend and confront their fictional worlds with reality, described...

Migrants contribute to change

International migrants contribute in many ways to the development of their countries of origin. "Political remittances" is a relatively new term that refers to standards, experiences, knowledge, or cash flows that can influence political change, such...

Burundi’s political reality

“I am told that everyone knows everyone in Burundi, and that you can be singled out for failing to support the party of five at the top.” NAI researcher Angela Muvumba Sellström explains the political particularities of Burundi, the small African...

Liberia free from Ebola

Liberia will now be declared free from Ebola. According to NAI researcher Mats Utas, this is mainly thanks to a great effort by the Liberians themselves.

It’s not about ethnicity at all

“It seems that the president and the ruling party in Burundi deliberately try to turn it into an ethnic conflict. This is an attempt to split the opposition. But in fact, people in the street don’t see it as an ethnic issue at all”, Mimmi Söderberg...

World Village Festival in Helsinki

The Nordic Africa Institute participates for the first time in the World Village Festival in Helsinki. The theme of the 2015 festival is development and the regional focus is Africa and the Middle East. The festival offers world views and...

Bujumbura burning

Another African president wants to cling on to power, this time in Burundi. And as in Burkina Faso last year the people don’t accept it. NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen met with youths in Bujumbura that protested in the street. Read article.

Honeymoon is over for Buhari

Fair elections, victory for the opposition and an incumbent president accepting defeat – this is fairly unusual in an African context. However, the honeymoon is over and tough challenges await newly elected Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari.

No legal option for migrants

The European Union is very wide of the mark in its efforts to deal with migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, according to NAI researcher Anitta Kynsilehto. Instead, long-term solutions on legal labour migration to Europe, as well as legal ways...

Jihadism enters its final phase

In Morocco, the monarchy guarantees Islam while the state is responsible for secular affairs. In Tunisia, the new constitution separates state and religion. There is thus now a process in place in North Africa that might bring an end to violent...

War affects sexual debut

Rwanda and DR Congo have both been plagued by violent wars that have left millions of dead. These large-scale conflicts can be measured, but so too can everyday events in women’s lives. In this way, the connection between war and everyday life can be...

Finding clues for daily survival

The Nigerian city of Jos portrays the struggle to adjust to the endemic malfunctioning of its infrastructures. The life of the ordinary inhabitant in Jos is much dictated by his ability to devise ways and means of overcoming the challenges posed by...

Slow land reform process in DRC

The many conflicts in DR Congo are not easily solved. There are a number of aspects such as national groups fighting the government, ethnic conflicts and not least land issues. In 2011 an international conference held in Kinshasa aimed at initiating a...

Apartheid is back

Apartheid is the root to outbreaks of deadly violence against immigrants in South Africa, says Annika Teppo in interview with Norwegian Aftenposten.

Paris yes, Garissa no

Why did the terror attack in Paris get much more attention than the attack in Garissa? Mats Utas spoke on this issue in Swedish radio, Thursday 16 April (interview begins after 9 minutes).

Legal migration only solution

The only way to stop fatal ship accidents in the Medieterranean is to legalise workforce migration from West Africa to Europe. People will continue to risk their lives to escape poverty, says NAI researcher and migration exptert Jesper Bjarnesen in an...

Legalisering stoppar tragedier

Om inte Europa legaliserar invandring av arbetskraft kommer båtkatastroferna att upprepa sig eftersom det är fattigdom som driver människor i Västafrika att riskera sina liv, säger NAI-forskaren och migrationsexperten Jesper Bjarnesen i en av sin...

Family comes first

Too often, family and neighbours come first when African leaders decide how to spend public funds. However, donors must be aware of the great country variation, argues Ann-Sofie Isaksson in this new Policy Note.

Politics fuels attacks on migrants

“This situation is hauntingly similar to apartheid, when people classified as citizens of Bantustans  were the targets of ruthless discrimination. The case pitted citizens against ‘foreigners,’ as black Africans were categorized as foreigners in their...

How to negotiate with a spirit?

Terje Oestigaard tells the fascinating story how a water spirit blocked the Bujagali dam in Uganda. He explains the ritual drama behind the repeated efforts to relocate the spirit so that construction of the billion dollar dam could proceed. See clip...

The need to visit Tunisia

"Tunisia needs our solidarity now", says NAI-researcher Anitta Kynsilehto who attended the World Social Forum in Tunis end of March, as part of her current project.  The terrorist attack in the Tunisian capital the week before cast its shadow on the...

Peace has a price

No development without peace. That´s true for Africa as well as the rest of the world. NAI researcher Victor Adetula points out the crucial importance of political will to attain peace. These committed African politicians must also be willing to pay...

Detecting conflicts in prints

He is analysing three border conflicts that eventually were brought to court of arbitration - and also the impact of these conflicts on domestic policy in the loosing countries. PhD candidate David Larsson Gerbre-Mehdin is now using the NAI Library...

Healers crucial to stop Ebola

Traditional healers are key players in combating Ebola. They have profound knowledge of the local communities and people listen to their advice.

Historic elections in Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan has lost the elections in Nigeria. Now he is responsible for keeping the rest of the election process peaceful by accepting his defeat and stepping down from power, declares NAI researcher Henrik Angerbrandt.

Poor appetite for reading

Run-down buildings and crimes on every street corner – is that how central Johannesburg is portrayed? NAI guest researcher Kudzayi Ngara examines urban spaces in literature.

The only option for Ethiopia

There is no alternative but to combine smallholder production with large-scale commercial farms, according to NAI guest researcher Wondwosen Michago Seide. Yet many are concerned about land investments and view them as means of colonising and...

West can learn from Liberia

Africa is not exceptional. On the contrary, studies of African rebel movements can help us understand what is going on in other parts of the world, including today’s Ukraine. Both in Liberia and in Ukraine the armed conflict is question of strategy to...

Immigration and the oil boost

Last autumn, the Angolan economy was thriving, boosted by the country’s oil exports. Now, just a few months later, oil prices have plunged dramatically, changing the opportunities on the labour market.

Peaceful but not fair elections

“Preventing violence can’t be the only focus. In 2013, elections in Kenya were peaceful, but not free and fair”, NAI researcher Anders Sjögren gives his insights on the Kenyan elections 2007 and 2013 in a video interview.

The winner takes it all

“The temptation is strong to do anything to get power”, says NAI researcher Anders Sjögren. Anders Sjögren and Jesper Bjarnesen will talk about how to fight electoral violence at a conference 19 March. See video clip with both NAI researchers below.

Refugees settled in Liberia

“When my informant understood he would eat every day, he decided to join the rebels. Becoming a fighter was a survival strategy for many young men and women.” NAI guest researcher Hideyuki Okano has interviewed former rebels and refugees from Sierra...

Mines for better or worse

The reopening of the iron ore mines in 2006 sparked new hope to people in Lunsar, Sierra Leone. After many years of civil war and harsh living conditions, job opportunities and better times were to come back. However, the reality turned out to be less...

Research informs policy on slums

Some of her findings might not be so popular among policymakers. Nevertheless, Hilde Refstie looks forward to the upcoming workshop in Malawi where results from her studies are going to be discussed by a broad range of stakeholders.

Media aggravates conflicts

By focusing on violence and its victims, the media tends to make conflicts worse. NAI guest researcher Ada Peter is critical of traditional war journalism.

Regions and grassroots

The possible match between regionalisation  and civil society in Africa is discussed in at fresh workshop report from NAI, compiled by Marianne Millstein.

Migrants not always better off

Many households in Nigeria have at least one family member living abroad. When they come home for holidays, spending money around them, it is easy to believe they all are successful. This is not always the case, according to NAI guest researcher David...

Oscar-nominated film oversimplifies

The film builds on racial stereotypes and marginalises the people living around the national park. NAI researchers Maria Eriksson Baaz and Judith Verweijen has signed a critical analysis of the Academy Award nominee “Virunga” – published in Foreign...

Al Shabaab seeks attention

“Al Shabaab has become weaker over the last years and needs to promote itself. There is also a competition between different jihadist groups”. NAI-researcher Mats Utas gives his analysis in Swedish TV on the occasion of threats against Western...

Migrants navigating a maze

The everyday life of migrants is characterised by constant uncertainty.  Many move from one country as refugees or for other reasons to another place. What kind of knowledge and understanding of the world is it possible to form under these harsh...

For a fistful of gold

Workers in small-scale gold mines in West Africa see themselves as entrepreneurs, actively developing their expertise and their careers. This surprised NAI researcher and anthropologist Cristiano Lanzano when he first entered the gold-mining...

NAI seeks a research communicator

Do you want to help NAI reaching out with its research? Are you a trained journalist with documented language skills in Swedish? Then send your application for the vacant job as research communicator. Deadline for applications: 25 March, 2015. Read...

Guide on tricky land laws

Laws on land and water are complex but fundamental. One of many challenges is to be aware of the legislations when it comes to land lease for investment purposes. Birhanu Woldegiorgis has now compiled the land laws in Tanzania and Ethiopia into a...

Delaying tactics in DR Congo

President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo is going for delaying tactics to stay in power. While the protesters and opposition won in the recent struggle around the proposed time-consuming census, the battle is not yet over. There are various other delaying...

Farmers to manage food banks

Prolonged drought and lack of good seeds are the main sources of food insecurity in African countries. To mitigate the effects of climate change and to improve their lifes, food banks can be crucial for small holder farmers. NAI scholarship holder...

Put business pressure on China

China is the most important trading partner for African countries. Today there is an imbalance in the business relations that needs to be changed. African economies must switch from exporting natural resources to exporting manufactured goods. The...

Research on GM crops too slow

Genetically modified crops may be a solution to Africa’s food security problem. However, they may also bring side effects that harm environment and human health. “The crucial question is if Africa can wait for research to give a definite answer about...

Makeover sweeps poor aside

It’s a worldwide phenomenon in big cities – the makeover of rundown working- class neighbourhoods into hip communities. Woodstock in Cape Town is now in that process. For some residents, this gentrification became synonymous with displacement...

Delay a victory for Boko Haram

“Even though their activities are not directed against the elections at such, it is a sign of strength that Boko Haram has managed to postpone the elections” NAI researcher Henrik Angerbrandt says.

Our experts on Nigerian elections

What is NAI researchers Henrik Angerbrandt's och Mats Utas' take on the situation in Nigeria? Will the violence take over or can the democratic powers still mobilise? The discussion took place in Stockholm. Watch the video in Swedish or read the live...

More about politics than security

The military gave the Nigerian electoral commission no choice but to postpone the elections. But it is quite unclear how this would ease the need for security in the country, NAI researcher Henrik Angerbrandt writes in his analysis. Download his new...

Looking for a Guest Researcher

The African Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme is directed at scholars in Africa, engaged in research on the African continent. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. More details about the scholarship programme here. Deadline...

Nigeria needs its upcoming elections

What if the elections would be postponed? The result would be massive demonstrations and violence, our researcher Henrik Angerbrandt concludes in his analysis in this blog post (opens in new window).

Peace requires economic justice

Sweden is preparing a peacekeeping operation to Mali, as negotiations take place between the Malian government and rebel groups in Algiers. According to NAI researcher Ole Martin Gaasholt, to achieve sustainable peace, poverty-stricken northern Mali...

Mali puts Swedish troops to the test

Deadly violence, fighting between Tuareg groups, and very hash conditions are some of the challenges for the Swedish UN troops going to Mali. At a seminar in Stockholm, researchers and military personnel discussed the realities facing the 250 soldiers...

Information is a weapon in Nigeria

It has been described as the deadliest massacre in Boko Haram’s violent history, the attack on a fisher village in north-eastern Nigeria in early 2015. But that is precisely how the parties of the conflict want us to think. Intentional exaggeration is...

Deviation from the norms leads to discrimination

Being declared "different" by those holding the power of definition in a society is often used as a tool for exclusion or for justification of discrimination such as homophobia and xenophobia. An issue of the journal Africa Insight deals with...

Land grabbing in Uganda

Current holder of Claude Ake Visiting Chair, Pamela Mbabazi, is investigating large-scale land acquisitions in Uganda. Her research shows that although the customary land rights of individuals and rural communities are recognised under the Ugandan...

Filmed lecture with Jane Parish

From the lecture 'Movie stars, Detroit cars and African spirit shrines in New York City', approximately 40 minutes. Moderator: NAI researcher Annika Teppo.

No easy solutions to gender issues

Donor governments and peacebuilding organizations often want a solution that works, that can be replicated and used in many places. This ‘one size fits all’-approach does not work according to Henri Myrttinen, Senior Research Officer on gender in...

Combining research with practice

A joint project by NAI and the Swedish aid agency (Sida) deals with African institutions’ role and relevance for development. The idea is that NAI research will be put to practical use in Sida's work.

On Boko Haram and the elections

The inability of Nigerian authorities to handle Boko Haram gives the antagonism increasingly religous characteristics. This according to Henrik Angerbrandt, researcher at NAI, in the latest issue of the publication Världspolitikens dagsfrågor...

Boko Haram has various interests

– Boko Haram is often described as a homogeneous group, however, it is rather many groups with various interests, says NAI researcher Mats Utas. Read article in Turun Sanomat (in Finnish).

Combining the old with the new

NAI researcher Maria Malmström and Anna Hellstrand are authors of a chapter in ‘Middle East Conflicts and Reforms’ entitled ‘Imagining the new Egypt’. The text deals with how Egyptian feminists in the middle and upper classes feel about their new...

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