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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.

Violence in African elections

Open access. One of last year's bestselling books examines the causes of violent electoral clashes – now available online in full text.

Quotas – a step forward but not enough

Gender and politics. Affirmative action could help Ghana on the fast track to gender-balanced political representation. But according to researcher Diana Højlund Madsen, it has to be combined with other measures.

'People won't stop using charcoal'

Climate change. In poor areas of Zambian capital Lusaka people are stuck with energy solutions that harm the environment, because clean alternatives are unaffordable.

Personality before issues in Nigeria

Elections. “Political power is very much centralised in Nigeria. That´s why everyone strives to be close to the winning candidate in the presidential election. This survivalist strategy has gained prominence. In addition, recent electioneering has focused less...

African countries run the risk of a debt crisis

Economy. Within four to five years, several African countries risk ending up in a new debt trap, warns development economist Jörgen Levin. Unlike the debt crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, debts are now mainly owed to private investors.

Growing interest in environmental issues in North Africa

Activism. Popular environmental movements, often based online, are also raising economic and social justice issues. According to NAI guest researcher Aziza Moneer, opinion in North Africa is hardening against a one-sided focus on economic growth.

Crisis could strengthen Mnangagwa’s hold on power

Zimbabwe protests. The current crisis in Zimbabwe may play into the hands of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and strengthen his position within the ruling Zanu-PF party, according to Obert Hodzi, Zimbabwean scholar and former guest researcher at The Nordic Africa...

Top 3 views of 2018

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