Who we are
We are a knowledge hub for collaborative research, library services and communication that supports a deeper understanding of contemporary African perspectives, challenges and opportunities.
As a Swedish research-led public agency and as a beneficiary of several Nordic governments, we are uniquely positioned to play a strategic role in analysing the challenges and opportunities facing Africa.
We belive that credible, legitimate and relevant knowledge can help inform the decision-making that affects people’s lives.
- We do research and generate knowledge
We do transdisciplinary research on contemporary Africa and we co-create knowledge with our Nordic and African partners.
- We give research-based policy advice
We give decision makers a deeper understanding by lifting both African and Nordic perspectives.
- We contribute to sustainable development
Our policy advice aims to make African and Nordic decision makers work effectively together to improve the equality, dignity and welfare of all.
In order to realise effective policy relevance, the Institute’s research, communication and library functions will work together to generate policy impact in five impact areas:
- Equality, Social Justice & Inclusion
- Governance, Citizenship & Participation
- Economy, Employment & Mobility
- Climate, Natural Resources & Sustainability
- Peace, Security & Human Rights
The Nordic Africa Institute is a Swedish public agency, jointly financed by the Nordic countries Sweden, Finland and Iceland. As an authority it is led by a director, who is ultimately responsible to the Swedish government for the decisions taken.
Programme and Research Council
NAI has an advisory body named the Programme and Research Council. Each of the Nordic countries that contribute funding to NAI has two council members, with at least one of them representing their country´s research environment.
Regulation documents and reports
- Ordinance with instruction, SFS 2021-371 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 379 kB, opens in new window.
English translation of ordinance SFS 2021-371 (PDF) Pdf, 2.1 MB, opens in new window.
In the Ordinance with instruction the Swedish government states the Institute's tasks and how it should be governed and organised.
- Appropriation letter for 2022 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 1.8 MB, opens in new window.
The Appropriation letter from the Swedish government states what activities the Institute should pursue and what its goals are, as well as the funds allocated.
- Strategy 2022-2026 (PDF) Pdf, 13.8 MB, opens in new window.
Web version of the strategy
The strategy is our guiding framework, clarifying how we intend to co-create and communicate knowledge that will ultimately contribute to a deeper understanding of Africa.
- Budget documentation 2021 - 2023 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 6.3 MB, opens in new window.
The budget documents are the Institute’s proposal for the financing of the activities for the coming three financial years.
- Action Plan and budget for 2022 (PDF) Pdf, 1.1 MB, opens in new window.
The Action plan describes in detail the activities planned by the Institute for the coming year. The plan is renewed every year.
The Institute's annual report (årsredovisning). Only in Swedish.
- Annual report 2021 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 942.9 kB, opens in new window.
- Annual report 2020 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 1.5 MB, opens in new window.
- Annual report 2019 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 1.1 MB, opens in new window.
- Annual report 2018 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 1.6 MB, opens in new window.
- Annual report 2017 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 2.1 MB, opens in new window.
- Annual report 2016 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 1.3 MB, opens in new window.
The audit report (revisionsberättelse) from the Swedish National Audit office on the Nordic Africa Institute. Only in Swedish.
- Audit report 2020 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 317.7 kB.
- Audit report 2019 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 252.8 kB.
- Audit report 2018 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 251 kB, opens in new window.
- Audit report 2017 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 405.5 kB, opens in new window.
- Audit report 2016 in Swedish (PDF) Pdf, 766.2 kB, opens in new window.