The Nordic Africa Institute


Beyond borders: do the African diasporas influence democratisation?

A podcast episode on migration from and within Africa
Date • 18 Jun 2024

The African Union (AU) recognized the African diaspora as Africa's "sixth region" in 2003. The diaspora has historically been vital in liberation struggles and remains influential in social and political development, enhanced by technology and globalization. Many African governments appreciate financial contributions from the diaspora, such as remittances averaging 2.6% of Africa's GDP, often exceeding foreign investment and aid. Political contributions, however, are more contentious, with governments responding in diverse ways, from restriction to collaboration. With a third of Africans voting in this super election year, we explore the diaspora's impact on democratic processes.

Our panel of experts for this podcast are

  • Gudrun Sif Friðriksdóttir, Senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute
  • Babatunde Fagbayibo, Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria
  • Henning Melber,NAI Associate and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein

NAI Podcast

The Nordic Africa Podcast is a series of discussions where we talk to political scientists, anthropologists, economists and other researchers about current issues and trends in Africa. We analyse the choices of African leaders, we challenge dominant narratives about the continent, and occasionally, we look into the crystal ball to see where Africa is headed. Hosts Heba Habib and Henrik Alfredsson and guesting experts guide us toward a deepened understanding of Africa’s role on the global scene.

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