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Weak government presence in slum areas

Urban development. Almost half of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa live in informal settlements. For the some 85 000 people living in Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria, government intervention is almost nil.

Obstacles for disability-inclusive development in African cities

Urban planning. Early introduction of disability studies into schools could play a role in foregrounding disability in mainstream debates. This is one of the recommendations in a new policy note on how urban design can be made more inclusive for people with...

Protecting a research archive from being lost

Library. Old paper glue is destroying thousands of documents in a large research archive. In order to preserve the collection, the Nordic Africa Institute’s library is now scanning each and every document.

She looks into the role of political scientists

Democracy. There are indications that political scientists can contribute more to a country’s democratic transformation when working for independent organisations rather than universities only, says NAI researcher Liisa Laakso.

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.

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