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African cities – shaped by the inhabitants themselves

DIY – Do it yourself. When weak states and municipalities fail to deliver services and infrastructure for its population, 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.

Ten trends for the upcoming year

Africa 2018. The political parties based on former freedom movements are losing ground, commodity prices still decide the economy, and agriculture faces climate challenges. NAI's director, Iina Soiri, looks into African trends for the year 2018.

Praise for Africa Now series

Book reviews. Our popular Africa Now book series, created together with Zed Books, continued to receive a lot of praise in 2017. The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class (Ed Henning Melber) was described as “polemic, bold, engaging and an excellent read” in the November...

Support to cross-border force can provide stability

Sahel and North Africa. Increased support to the G5 anti-terrorism force can stabilize the region, but the key to curbing slave trade in Libya lies in reforming the country's security sector, according to NAI researcher Mikael Eriksson.

Water rituals still part of Tanzanian politics

Natural resources. The Majimaji war (1905–07) against German colonial rule began with water rituals. Maji medicine was supposed to turn bullets into water. NAI guest researcher Nancy Rushohora is studying the water rituals, which people still practise in southern...

Capitalism on steroids in Africa’s growing cities

Nigeria. Many people in African cities are finding their own solutions in every day life. What are the political implications of this?  What about the taxes that people contribute to, how is that revenue spent? These questions are discussed at a current...

'Increased aid does not reduce migration'

Migration. The European Union (EU) wants to increase aid to African countries, but on condition that they take action to prevent migration to Europe. This approach is cynical and does not reduce migration, according to NAI researcher Lisa Åkesson who...

Sample covers of African street literature.

African street literature enters the library

Street literature. New forms of literature are emerging in African megacities, outside the established publishing industry. In a new project, the NAI library aims to make such material accessible.

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