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Lack of transparency biggest security problem

Conflict. “When the government says there is a national security threat, the discussion is over”, says researcher Akinbode Fasakin, arguing that the Nigerian government uses Boko Haram and other security threats to reinforce its power over people.

Reforming the AU to fit its purpose

Agenda 2063. "There is a mismatch between our strategy and the procedures of the African Union" – Cristina Duarte in the AU reforms advisory committee.

Epidemic on Indian Ocean islands increases prejudice about Africa

Medical anthropology. Malaria was eradicated several decades ago on the islands of Mauritius and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. When the tropical disease chikungunya broke out, people and authorities were unprepared. The disease was labelled as "something African" that came...

Quotas not enough to create gender equality

Feminist peace research. Gender quotas serve a purpose, but they are not enough to break down stereotypical gender roles. Real gender equality requires political will to achieve a general change of attitude in society, according to Heidi Hudson, guest professor at the Nordic...

Global agreement changes limiting view on migration

NAD2018. Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants have died in the last few years, during attempts to reach Europe on boats over the Mediterranean or via unsafe overland routes. In December, 193 countries are expected to adopt The Global Compact for Safe...

Researcher: Signs of anglophone crisis were there 20 years ago

Cameroon election. As Cameroon prepared for a presidential election on 7 October, violence continued in the English-speaking Southwest and Northwest regions. In a prophetic article in 1999, Professor Francis Nyamnjoh described how the state system of divide and rule...

Broadening the migration debate

Voices from NAD2018. Researchers, experts, activists, journalists and policymakers – they all came to the Nordic Africa Days in Uppsala.

Citizenship as a learning process

Development. Civic education is key to ensuring a population participates in society. NAI guest researcher Ajali Nguyahambi looks into how development organisations contribute to the notion of citizenship among people in Tanzania.

Biggest NAD to date wraps up

NAD2018. The Nordic Africa Days 2018 closed on Friday, having welcomed 260 scholars from more than 40 countries to Uppsala. In the 33 panels, participants discussed perspectives on this year’s theme, African Mobilities – reshaping narratives and practices of...

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