About us

The Nordic Africa Institute is a center for research, documentation and information on contemporary Africa in the Nordic region.

Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries and to strengthen the co-operation between African and Nordic researchers.  As a hub and a meeting place in the Nordic region for a growing field of research and analysis the Institute strives to put knowledge of African issues within reach for scholars, policy makers, politicians, media, students and the general public. The Institute is financed jointly by Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Strategic goals for the Nordic Africa Institute in 2017–2021

  • The Nordic Africa Institute shall promote, support and encourage academic and policy relevant research on contemporary Africa
  • The Nordic Africa Institute shall aim to support positive development in African countries based on North–South and South–North dialogue
  • The Nordic Africa Institute shall contribute to the Africa policy agenda in the Nordic countries.
  • The Nordic Africa Institute shall contribute to building capacity in the production of knowledge about Africa
  • The Nordic Africa Institute shall secure and diversify its resources
  • The Nordic Africa Institute shall be a values-based organisation


The Nordic Africa Institute shall be a centre of excellence for knowledge on Africa.


The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) houses a combination of high-quality research, skilled communication and an extensive library collection on contemporary Africa, all under one roof. At NAI, cutting-edge research intersects policy dialogue and a full-service library, resulting in a unique setting for Africa studies in the Nordics.

As a Swedish public authority, and the beneficiary of several Nordic governments as well as of the international community, NAI offers an unmatched position in its field in terms of contributing to the Africa policy agenda of the Nordic countries engaged in the Institute.

Facts about NAI

  • Founded in 1962
  • Jointly financed by Sweden, Finland and Iceland
  • Research with emphasis on social sciences
  • Library specialized in modern Africa
  • Publications more than 600 titles on development, human rights, conflict etc.
  • Conferences and public events
  • Grants for Nordic and African scholars
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