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Clear and secure land titles increase agricultural production

Farming in Ethiopia. Farmers must be sure the land they cultivate belongs to them, otherwise they are reluctant to invest time and money in developing farming techniques. This was one point raised when researchers and policymakers discussed agricultural transformation at...

“ACP system makes Africa punch below its weight”

Africa-EU relations. As Finland prepares for its third EU presidency on 1 July, a roundtable talk in Helsinki discussed Europe’s future partnership with Africa as the existing Cotonou Agreement comes to an end in 2020. Main speaker Prof. Carlos Lopes, the African Union...

Research can help authorities rebuild society

Natural disaster. Tropical cyclone Idai is the latest dreadful example of how extreme weather conditions are becoming more common in Mozambique. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) research shows that people are already taking steps to adapt to climate change. But the most...

Sustainable development requires affordable green energy

SDG:s. For many African governments facing numerous challenges, green energy solutions may not be at the top of their priority list. However, without a focus on clean energy the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be difficult to achieve in African...

Liberia, April 2012. Female construction workers at the Gbarnga Peace Hub, one of five facilities being built with help from the UN Peacebuilding Support Office to increase access access to justice in Liberia. Photo: Emmanuel Tobey, UN Photo.

Ensuring women's access to justice

Gender and law. About half of the people of Sub-Saharan Africa live below the poverty line, and 80 per cent of them are women. Their access to justice is guaranteed by international and domestic laws. But these laws mean little or nothing without government support...

Gender quotas - fast track to equality?

International Women´s Day. We asked three gender researchers, working on three different countries, about whether quotas are an effective way to achieve gender equality in Africa's political assemblies.

Folklore gives new perspectives to peace and gender research

Peacebuilding. What has Nigerian author Amos Tutuola to do with gender and peacebuilding? Quite a lot, according to NAI guest Professor Heidi Hudson. “Tutuola can make a huge contribution because he tells us to look at something that we cannot see, and to consider...

Same institute – new look!

Communication. The Nordic Africa Institute is introducing a new graphic profile. The new logo – featuring the African continent visualised as semi-circle shapes – reflects the image of a modern, diverse and ever-changing Africa, says NAI Director Iina Soiri.

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