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Creative knowledge – Life in the zongo

Cultural identity. In Ghana, stereotypes flourish about people who live in zongo settlements. However, according to guest researcher Ann Cassiman, as West Africans with the ambivalent status of ‘strangers’ they have developed specialist knowledge and skills to survive.

Archiving – for today and for the future

Administration. As a public authority, most documents at NAI must be archived in order to meet demands of the public, for the sake of research in the future, and to secure the institute´s daily work, according to the Archives Act.

"The world is constantly changing – and us with it"

Directorship. Increased policy relevance in research and in-depth dialogue with ambassadors and other decision-makers – these are two of the steps in the strategic journey made by the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) under Iina Soiri's six-year leadership.

Researcher: EU needs coherent Africa policy

Elections. The results of the elections to the European Parliament in May point to two current trends in Europe. Both may lead to changes in EU policy towards Africa, according to NAI researcher Liisa Laakso.

Farmers need to learn the practice of irrigation

Food security. Ethiopia has a lot of water, but so far, very little is used to irrigate farmland. However, it is not enough to build dams and infrastructure. Farmers also need more skills and knowledge of water management. This is one of the points in a Policy Note...

Free trade area to launch without Nigeria

Trade. When Africa’s free trade area launches on 7 July, a key player will be missing. However, Victor Adetula, head of research at NAI, predicts that Africa’s largest economy Nigeria will gradually open up and join the project.

Yesterday warlord, today presidential candidate

Democratisation and security. In many African countries where civil war raged not so long ago, former warlords are today running for office in elections. A new policy note assesses what effect these warlord democrats have on post-civil war security.

Migrant footballers far from the glitz

Migration. The Africa Cup of Nations is one of the few occasions when soccer fans can watch the continent’s stars playing on African soil. However, the majority of Africa’s footballing expatriates are far from the limelight of big clubs, playing in the lower...

Extreme parties gain ground

South Africa. A surge for racially or ethnically based parties in May’s elections worries those who believe in Mandela’s rainbow nation. NAI researcher Henning Melber says that domestic failures of the ruling ANC party coincided with a global trend of identity...

Carlos Lopes: Free trade area can break old Europe dependency

Economic integration. 56 years after the creation of the Organisation of African Unity, which later became the African Union, African nations are about to take a huge step towards economic integration. The creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area will give...

Finding links between Africa and the Americas

Cultural heritage. During the transatlantic slave trade of the 17th-19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of people were deported from the ports of Calabar region to the Americas. Despite their enslavement, they tried to preserve their African heritage. One example is...

Women victims when Karamojong abandon pastoralism

Uganda. After a change in livelihood from livestock pastoralism to farming, the situation for Karamojong women in northeast Uganda has drastically deteriorated. According to anthropologist and NAI guest researcher Tabitha Naisiko, projects to help have shown...

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