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Military-backed Mnangagwa faces fragmented opposition

Zimbabwe elections. ‘Limited changes to reassure the donor community and attract foreign investors´ – that’s how NAI researcher Henning Melber views political reforms in Zimbabwe that have taken place since a military coup last year. The outcome of elections on 30 July...

Small stories make globalisation relatable

Mining. Historian Timo Särkkä teaches globalisation to students in Finland. He blends global competition for natural resources with small personal stories. A one-month stay as a guest researcher at the NAI library gave him more small stories from the copper...

Africa builds free trade zone – Nigeria still outside

AU summit. Of the 55 member-states of the African Union, 49 have signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), including South Africa, one of the continent's major economies, which waited for a long time before signing. Another economic giant...

The future of EU-Africa cooperation

Trade and development. There is concern that the Cotonou Agreement obstructs African governments from supporting domestic production, and that the EU is splitting Africa in two by striking separate deals with different African regions.

Borno Governor: A mistake to view Boko Haram as a local problem

Conflict. The Boko Haram terror group emerged from a situation of extreme poverty and social exclusion in northern Nigeria. Since then, it has spread across borders and must now be dealt with jointly by actors from across the Lake Chad region, according to...

Everyday corruption a necessary evil

Moral economy. Bribes are part of everyday life in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Many people are involved one way or another, yet all agree that corruption is morally reprehensible.

Unstable situation as Malians go to vote

Conflict. Should Mali hold elections despite a very unstable security situation? Research Professor Morten Bøås says the West African state is left with only bad options – not going ahead with the poll could lead to a dangerous political vacuum.

'Time to question binary legal systems'

Migration. Transgender people are routinely exposed and questioned simply because they fall outside of perceived male/female gender norms. For transgender asylum seekers, this exposure can be dangerous. NAI guest researcher B Camminga is looking into the...

Middle-class reproducing colonial system

Political development. “In Southern Africa we are seeing a middle-class that is reproducing the colonial systems of exploiting the natural resources”, said Moeletsi Mbeki, a well-known South African analyst, at a recent workshop in Stockholm.  

Transformations of rural spaces in Mozambique

Development. The last decades in Mozambique have been characterized by profound changes in the rural milieu. A NAI conference in Maputo brought together scholars and policy makers to discuss the topic.

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