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Narrow income opportunities turn authors into activists

Literature. Erik Falk’s work at the Nordic Africa Institute revolves around literature in and from East Africa. He is looking at what kinds of books are published and how far they reach. The project aims to give an up to date picture of the status of East African...

Nkurunziza tightens the grip on power by democratic means

Politics. Voters in Burundi have in a referendum backed constitutional amendments that could allow president Nkurunziza to stay in office until 2034. Researchers see a trend of electoral authoritarianism in several countries in Africa.

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 shows 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...

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