Colonial structures persist within academia

Education.“Colonialist structures still shape education, starting from primary school,” says NAI researcher Henning Melber who took part in a roundtable discussion about the importance of the #RhodesMustFall movement and the continued decolonisation of the academia.  

Freedoms under attack in East Africa

Human rights. There is democratic progress in many African countries, but we also see increasing threats against journalists, researchers and civil society. A panel at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights discussed the worrying signs of shrinking democratic space in...

Lack of transparency biggest security problem

Conflict. “When the government says there is a national security threat, the discussion is over”, says researcher Akinbode Fasakin, arguing that the Nigerian government uses Boko Haram and other security threats to reinforce its power over people.

Epidemic on Indian Ocean islands increases prejudice about Africa

Medical anthropology. Malaria was eradicated several decades ago on the islands of Mauritius and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. When the tropical disease chikungunya broke out, people and authorities were unprepared. The disease was labelled as "something African" that came...

Reforming the AU to fit its purpose

Agenda 2063. "There is a mismatch between our strategy and the procedures of the African Union" – Cristina Duarte in the AU reforms advisory committee.

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