Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

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Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

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Growing pressure on water resources

The Nile.Eleven countries and 250 million people share the Nile’s water. Disputes around the use of it is common. A new book from the Nordic Africa Institute deals with land- and water use in the Nile basin and analyzes political implications of large-scale agricultural investment and cooperation of Nile resources.

Corporate and cooperative interests equally important

Fair trade in Africa. In African countries, the fair trade movement is not only a political statement against neoliberal policies. Gaining access to new markets is also an important objective. Consequently, private companies and local elites are involved as much as...

Crucial test for ANC

South Africa. Wednesday’s municipal elections in South Africa resemble a vote of confidence for President Jacob Zuma and his party the African National Congress. Barney Pityana, former guest researcher at NAI, explains why.

Prevention or militarization?

African Union. Prevention and militarization are not mutually exclusive ways to counter conflicts in Africa. Rather, they should be understood as mirror images, writes NAI’s security researcher Linnéa Gelot.

Double standards and inconsistencies shape refugee policies

Dadaab. The Kenyan government threatens to close the largest refugee camp in the world. NAI-researcher Sirkku Hellsten hopes this will trigger a serious discussion among EU and UN policy makers about general responsibilities on refugee issues. So far, this...

Angola’s struggle against oil dependency

Urban research. Although economic diversification has been a buzzword for years, Angola is still heavily dependent on oil revenues. The sharp downturn in oil prices has put the country in a difficult situation. 

A constant state of precariousness

Migration. Having the correct documents or not – that is what African migrants in Greece are most concerned about.  Their future depends on it. Without the paper work in order, they can never get a formal job and a steady income, or go back and forth between...

Assumptions and desires on gender in Africa

NAD 2016. NAI-researcher Maria Eriksson Baaz is one of the keynote speakers at the Nordic Africa Days in September, a two-day conference that this year will focus on gender and change in Africa. In her talk, Eriksson Baaz will offer critical reflections on how...

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