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Rival priorities in the Sahel

Policy Note. 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.

Iceland gets access to e-books on Africa

Improved outreach. Almost 5,000 freely downloadable e-publications from the Nordic Africa Institute's library have been made available through Iceland's national library portal Leitir.

"Ramaphosa will be fantastic for investors"

South Africa. With a multi-millionaire businessman as president, the investment environment will be a priority. While this may be great news for international businesspeople, NAI associate Henning Melber does not think ordinary South Africans will have many reasons...

“Open Burkina Faso” – target of violence

Security. The recent terror attack in Burkina Faso was the third similar incident since 2016, in a country otherwise known for increasing democratisation. Both trends relate to the ousting of Blaise Compaoré as president in 2014, says NAI researcher Jesper...

Street vending is a precarious living

DIY urbanism. City governments in many African cities prefer the Western idea of big shopping malls, instead of having street and market vendors in the city. Even though the vendors pay fees and taxes, they constantly face threats of eviction and demolition.

Electricity for all crucial for socio-economic development

SDGs. Renewable energy is not necessarily sustainable, if it fails to contribute to poverty reduction, quality education and better health, says Josephine Kaviti Musango, who conducts research on sustainable energy in African cities.

Great reads for Women’s Day

Gender equality. At the NAI Library you find a large variety of academic work and other interesting reads on gender equality. NAI Chief Librarian Åsa Lund Moberg picks one of each from four different categories of library books and publications.

Ethiopia's success story problematised

Development. ‘Ethiopia rising’ – the idea of a prosperous and fast-developing country – is a recurring theme as Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front consolidates its power. NAI scholarship holder Fisseha Tefera is looking into how...

Neighbourhoods carry out police work

Security. Lacking police resources have pushed inhabitants in Nigerian cities towards community policing. However, also militia groups and criminals are doing police work.

Trade equality lessens Africa’s aid dependency

Economy. African countries would get paid significantly more for their agricultural produce and minerals if terms of trade were equal. Today it is a buyer’s market and that says a lot about power relations between Africa and Europe.

After Weah's win, Taylor allies waiting in the wings

Liberia. Liberia’s new president George Weah has promised to bring change to his country. However, according to NAI researcher Anders Themnér, rather than putting an end to old structures based on corruption and nepotism, the Weah presidency is likely to see...

Self-interest behind shift of China’s Africa policy

Peacekeeping. China is contributing troops to two current UN operations in Africa – in Mali and South Sudan. This marks a change from its previous policy of non-intervention. However, according to NAI scholarship holder Obert Hodzi, self-interest lies behind the...

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Condemning racism is not enough

Blog post. African leaders need to do more than voice their concerns about the growing tide of xenophobia. Here are four pieces of advice from NAI researcher Patience Mususa.

West’s condescending attitude opens doors for China in Africa

Development cooperation. China’s presence in Africa is about more than building big bridges or fancy hotels, it is also about culture and language. In nearly all countries on the continent, China has established Confucius Institutes to teach Mandarin Chinese and the ideology...

Public funding key in bringing more African women into research

Gender. Although there are more African women in social sciences than in other research fields, they face many obstacles in getting research funding and pursue their academic careers. “Public funding for higher education is key in bringing more African women...

In Memoriam Sirkku Hellsten

It is with great sadness that The Nordic Africa Institute wishes to inform the Nordic Africa community that Sirkku Hellsten, colleague and committed researcher, has passed away after a period of illness. Sirkku joined NAI in 2015. There is a memory...

President to recover funds abroad

Angola. A large number of the economic and political elite have been thrown out from the corridors of power in the first six months of João Lourenço’s presidency. And, somewhat surprisingly, the four children of former president José Eduardo dos Santos, who...

Murky finances at the root of the debt crisis

Mozambique. Unregulated financial markets and inapproriate use of state guarantees are some of the causes of the so-called 'tuna bond' scandal. In a new policy note, NAI researchers warn of the risk of creating a class of ‘new poor’, as the Mocambican people are...

African cities – shaped by the inhabitants themselves

DIY – Do it yourself. When weak states and municipalities fail to deliver services and infrastructure for their populations, city dwellers take care of things themselves. Architects from Nigeria’s capital Abuja, share their observations and thoughts on DIY-urbanism.

Can AU agree on reform agenda?

Blog post. External actors continue to steer the security agenda in Africa, but the AU and Regional Economic Communities desire greater responsibility. At the upcoming AU-meeting there will be intense negotiations to agree on a reform agenda according to NAI...

DIY urbanism - not the same for rich and poor

Nigeria. By 2050 it is estimated that most Africans will live in cities. But the local governments will not have enough funds to invest in public services. What does DIY (do it yourself) urbanism mean in this context? Is it something positive or negative? What...

Adding knowledge every year

NAI publications. Work on the 14th issue of the Africa Yearbook, about the year 2017, is about to start. NAI Senior Research Associate Henning Melber is co-editor of this annual outlook for all Sub-Saharan countries and sub-regions, and has been from the start.

New blog dedicated to migration

Migration studies. Migration scholars, look no further. A new website and blog by the AMMODI network offers a meeting place for academics and practitioners within the migration field.

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