Costs and benefits of mining

Mining in Africa is seen as creating jobs and increasing incomes for local people. However, there are also problems. NAI researcher George Adu explores how mining affects the environment, the economy and the health of those living nearby.
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In search of political ideology

There are game-changing influences from the world’s new economic powers on one hand, and growing fundamentalism and terrorism on the other.

New NAI researcher Sirkku Hellsten is seeking to identify the ideologies in play in a changing Africa.
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Burkina Faso’s one-week coup

In the upcoming elections in Burkina Faso, there’s a need for a clear democratic break with the three decades of de facto one-party rule. At the same time, a moderate approach is needed in dealing with the controversial legacy of the former regime, to avoid further polarisation in an already fraught political situation. These are the recommendations of NAI researchers Jesper Bjarnesen and Cristiano Lanzano in a policy note on Burkina Faso’s one-week coup and its implications for free and fair elections.
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Read also interview with Jeser Bjarnesen. He rejects reports of “popular” uprisings every time people in undemocratic countries gather in the streets to protest.
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Boko Haram is pushed back

Since President Buhari came to power in Nigeria, the Boko Haram insurgency, which has been spreading terror in the country in recent years, has been pushed back.

There are two main explanations for this, argues NAI guest researcher Adebusuyi Adeniran. Sufficient resources have been provided to the military and Boko Haram insurgents are being offered an amnesty if they lay down their arms.
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