The Nordic Africa Institute

Our associates and institutional partners

To further our work, we collaborate with a wide range of organisations on research, development cooperation, communication and knowledge dissemination. The Institute is also a member of several networks and have our own NAI Associates program.

NAI Associates

NAI Associate is an honorary position for senior scholars and policy makers who strategically will enhance the Institute’s work to understand developments on the continent, contribute to our visibility as a Nordic knowledge hub on Africa, and to our internal reflective learning.



NAI is a member of AEGIS. AEGIS - African Studies in Europe is a research network of European studies centres which aims to create synergies between experts and institutions. With primary emphasis on Social Sciences and Humanities, AEGIS' main goal is to improve understanding about contemporary African societies. More information on AEGIS at


NAI is an institutional member of European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), a professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. EADI's members include a wide range of development research and training organisations, think tanks, national bodies and researchers throughout Europe. More information on EADI at


NAI and CODESRIA has had a long and extensive cooperation within research ever since CODESRIA was founded in 1973. CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of social Sciences Research in Africa, was founded with the combined aims of producing new social knowledge, bringing social knowledge to public issues, participating in the construction of African independence and development, combating “poverty, ignorance and disease” and contributing African perspectives to the understanding of global issues. The headquarter is in Dakar, Sénegal.


NAI became member of SANORD in 2010. The Southern African-Nordic Center is a partnership of higher education institutions from all the Nordic countries and southern Africa. Its primary aim is to promote multilateral research cooperation on matters of importance to the development of both regions. More information at


Since 2015 NAI is an institutional member of the Nordic Africa Research Network (NARN) and has a staff representative in the NARN Board. The purpose of NARN is to promote research cooperation between Africanists in the Nordic countries. NARN also runs the online journal Nordic Journal of African Studies.

Uppsala University

Uppsala University is NAI's major collaboration partner within the framework of cooperation between Swedish public authorites on administrative services. The NAI library also has a long standing cooperation with Uppsala University Library.

Since 2003 NAI collaborates with the Department of Peace and Conflict (DPCR) at Uppsala University on the programme the Claude Ake Visiting Chair. The collaboration is financed by the Swedish Government and Uppsala University to honour the memory of Professor Claude Ake, prominent African scholar, philosopher and humanist.

Forum for Africa Studies is the initiative of the disciplinary domain of the humanities and social sciences at Uppsala University. The purpose is to support research on Africa in Uppsala University and to facilitate contacts and the exchange of research information between departments as well as outside of the university. Forum leads research projects, organizes lectures and round-tables, and hosts its seminar series Friday Seminar in Africa Studies. Forum for Africa Studies is hosted by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.

Social Science Research Council, USA

The collaboration between NAI and the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council in USA was initiated in 2016. Since 2016 the collaboration has resulted in a number of jointly funded activities in Africa and publications within the thematical framework of Regional Economic Communities and Peacebuilding in Africa.


NAI has institutional cooperation and collaboration linked to events with Sida since many years. Sida is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. Through cooperation with civil society, multilateral organisations, public agencies and the private sector Sida works for sustainable development and help create conditions for people living in poverty and oppression to improve their living conditions.


The Nordic Africa Institute library is part of NorDoc, which is a Nordic working group on third world information and documentation. The members come from libraries in different organisations working with development matters.

ELIAS, European Librarians in African Studies

NAI is a regular member of ELIAS, European Librarians in African Studies. The ELIAS network is an informal network for all librarians, archivists, documentalists or other information workers working with materials from and about Africa in institutions (libraries, archives, organisations, NGOs etc.) in Europe.

FBA, Folke Bernadotte Academy

NAI has research and event collaborations with FBA. The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) is the Swedish government agency for peace, security and development. FBA supports international peace operations and international development cooperation. The agency conducts training, research and method development in order to strengthen peacebuilding and statebuilding in conflict and post-conflict countries.


NAI has had a co-operation with IDEP since 2011. IDEP – the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning is a pan-African institution created in 1962 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Its mission is to assist policymakers and other stakeholders in enhancing their skills in the areas of policymaking, long-term perspective planning and institutional and regulatory reforms. IDEP undertakes a wide range of activities related to economic development and planning in Africa, aimed at promoting and defending the economic independence of African countries and peoples. The headquarters is in Dakar, Senegal. More information at


NAI is member of EARN, Europe-Africa Policy Research Network, a network of African and European Policy Research Institutes, aiming to contribute to the EU-Africa Policy Dialogue. EARN intends to bring added value on pooling and fostering policy research capacities, dialogue, information and partnership between European and African non-governmental research institutions on issues relating to EU-Africa relations. More information on EARN at