Rising global influence, a young workforce, and pro-women reforms
We build knowledge to deepen understanding of Africa’s potential.
Since the start in 1962, we at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) have carried out research, analysed current African issues and engaged in policy dialogue with decision makers.
Our mission is to provide deeper understanding amongst Nordic decision-makers and associated change-makers of contemporary African perspectives and societal dynamics.
We work mainly within five impact areas, to which all parts of the institute contribute. Here are examples of the research-based knowledge we provide within each area:
Equality, social justice and inclusion
Gender equality beyond the numbers
High levels of female representation in parliament do not automatically lead to real political influence for women.
Governance, citizenship and participation
Protests show people's faith in democracy
Despite a recent wave of military coups, democratic values are deeply rooted in many African countries.
Economy, employment and mobility
Covid-19 dents Africa's development plan
School closures during the pandemic have made it more difficult for the continent to reap the benefits of its large young population.
Climate, natural resources and sustainability
Rapid urbanisation threatens food security in Africa
Research on sustainable urban food systems and increased agricultural productivity will be key to mitigate hunger and malnutrition.
Peace, security and human rights
Knowledge for a more inclusive peace and security agenda
Research aims to make the United Nations Security Council's work on Africa more effective and inclusive.
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