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  • Angolan military veterans parade during the 40th Independence Celebrations held at the Augustino Neto Memorial site in Luanda in 2015. Photo: GCIS
    Dia da Dipanda — Angola 45 years
    Today, 11 November, we congratulate Angola on 45 years of independence. In the NAI’s ‘Liberation Africa’ collection, you can browse many different sources on Nordic support to liberation movements in Southern Africa.
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  • Picture of man holding up poster with #endsars message.
    Will the protests in Nigeria lead to real change?
    A wave of protests against police brutality erupted in Nigeria in early October and lasted for two weeks. According to human rights NGO Amnesty International, at least 56 people have died across the country and in many cases security forces have used unnecessary force.
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    Vote to go ahead despite widespread violence
    With violence spreading in northern and eastern Burkina Faso, authorities have failed to register more than 400 000 voters ahead of the elections on 22 November. The conflict between armed Jihadist groups and government troops has forced more than a million people to flee their homes.
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  • Street picture of Mogadishu
    Researcher: Talks with al-Shabaab only way forward
    Internal power struggles and external interventions have shaped Somali politics for decades. The only way to resolve the situation, according to NAI researcher Redie Bereketeab, is to bring everyone to the negotiating table – including al-Shabaab.
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  • People stand near a wall of a damaged shop that reads: "no to violence, Toumodi is the basis" in the market of Toumodi on November 4, 2020, during a campaign of non-violence and peace awareness by young volunteers after inter-community clashes during the country's presidential election of October 31, 2020
    Few paths for Ivorian opposition after boycottexternal link
    Côte d’Ivoire is a divided country after Saturday’s election, according to NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen. “While President Alassane Ouattara is ready to begin his controversial third term in office, the opposition insists that the election process was fundamentally flawed and illegitimate,” Bjarnesen says.
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  • A formed police unit (FPU) woman officer from Rwanda, holding a weapon.
    Women, peace and security in Rwanda – promises and pitfalls
    With its high level of female representation and its successful reconciliation process after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has emerged as something of an African and global ‘model’ of gender equality and conflict resolution. But beyond the ‘politics of numbers’ lies a male-dominated structure, where women and feminist thinking have little or no influence. This policy note assesses how Rwanda has adopted UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and offers policy advice on how to break gender barriers in the traditionally masculinist security sector.
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  • Protesting woman with a face cover mask sitting in the middle of a road with people walking behind her.
    Ouattara’s third-term bid raises old fears: Risk of violence in Côte d’Ivoire’s upcoming presidential elections
    The unexpected death this summer of the front-runner in the upcoming elections and incumbent President Ouattara’s contested move to run for a third term in office have increased the risk of electoral violence in the ethnically divided Côte d’Ivoire. The threat of a return to armed conflict, as we saw after the 2010 elections, should not be excluded.
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  • President John Magufuli speaks during the offical launch of CCM:s election campaign
    How long will CCM's dominance last?
    While the incumbent favours the economy, the young generation grows increasingly frustrated with lack of civil liberties.
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  • Kibumba is a displaced persons camp about forty minutes north of Goma.
    How does a camp become a city?
    Slum areas, refugee camps and mining boomtowns are all examples of temporary settlements that have become permanent homes for their residents. A new research project at the Nordic Africa Institute explores how such transformations take place.
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  • People on the street in Victoria, capital of Seychelles.
    Tight race expected in Seychellois elections
    Who is the best person to repair Seychelles’ damaged, tourism-driven economy? Incumbent President Danny Faure can expect a tight race against challengers Wavel Ramkalawan and Alain St Ange in the upcoming elections.
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  • Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission during a presentation at the Aviation Academy of Addis Ababa. The visit took place in conjunction with the tenth EU/African Union meeting on 27 February 2020.
    What is the Nordic contribution to the Europe-Africa relationship?
    In a rapidly changing world, what is the role of the Nordic countries in relation to the African continent? This was the theme of two recent rounds of discussions with policymakers and scholars organised by the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI).
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    Join us for two webinars at the virtual book fair
    NAI researchers with guests tackle issues like South Africa after #rhodesmustfall, and culture & digitalisation in Africa post-corona. Moderated by journalist and author Görrel Espelund. Free of charge and open for all!
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  • Closure notices on the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus, in Cape Town, South Africa, 23 March 2020.
    Remote learning may increase inequality
    South African university students who cannot afford laptops can be forced to give up their studies during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to NAI researcher Nadira Omarjee.
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  • A Burkinabe miner uses cyanide while processing gold
    Burkinabe lead the way in Ghana’s gold mines
    Artisanal miners have taken up the industrial method of using cyanide in gold extraction. According to NAI researcher Cristiano Lanzano, Burkinabe miners are on the leading edge of this process in the traditional gold mining areas in Ghana.
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  • Soldier talking to a man
    Federal solutions to state failure in Africa
    As a legal-constitutional system of government of fairly rigid rules and practices, federalism in Africa might not have a positive image. But the overall relevance and utility of federalism for state-building on the continent has been grossly underestimated, according to Eghosa E. Osaghae, Professor of Comparative Politics at University of Ibadan.
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  • NAI head of research, Eleanor Fisher.
    “Social science is needed more than ever”
    In the face of profound challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change, the world needs social science research more than ever, according to Eleanor Fisher, NAI’s new head of research. While “hard science” can deliver fantastic advances, real progress only happens when we also understand how people behave, she says.
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  • A woman has her finger dipped in ink after voting in legislative by-elections in Grand Laho, Côte d′Ivoire, in 2013. Photo: UN/Hien Macline
    The past haunts upcoming Ivorian elections
    Can Côte d'Ivoire’s democracy survive the test of the upcoming presidential election? President Ouattara’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office, following the death of his preferred-successor, has stirred tensions from the country’s violent past.
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  • President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China.
    Rule of law: a tool in China's Africa agenda
    China’s engagement with African states has shifted as economic self-interest trumps strategically motivated generosity. “China has begun to view African partners as a potential liability to investments”, says NAI researcher.
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  • Members of the Oromo community march in protest after the death of musician and revolutionary Hachalu Hundessa in St. Paul, Minnesota.
    What does it mean to be Ethiopian?
    A pan-Ethiopian state where citizens have a civic identity or a state with federal regions where ethnic identity comes before the national: this is the burning issue in Ethiopia today and it divides the country into two camps, according to NAI researcher Redie Bereketeab.
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  • Members of the red cross register a couple of Maghreb migrants at the port of Motril, Spain.
    The Covid-19 crisis: a moment of truth for migration policies
    The flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea continues despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference, NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen points out, is that European states are using the outbreak as yet another reason to prevent migrants from reaching their shores.
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