Academics contribute to peace operations in Africa

The African Union needs fresh ideas and recommendations for its peace operations. Researcher, diplomats, military staff and policymakers gathered for a two-day workshop in Cape Town to single out strategic options for the future. "Policy advice really can help in the day-to-day running of the operations", Dr Linnéa Gelot, researcher at NAI, says.

Big data via cell phones

Cellphone data into research

Every time a person uses a cellphone, information is registered and stored digitally. This can be valuable for research into Africa, according to NAI researcher Johan Kiessling. The challenge is to know what you are looking for.

Children living in poverty see benefits of education

“Farmers that have gone to school are doing better than those who never went to school. Kids in rural Zambia know this”, says Douglas Phiri researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research.
Watch him explain children’s understanding of poverty in Zambia, and Phillip Wambua giving an insight on how farmers in Kenya are overcoming lack of water. See interviews from the Nordic Africa Days 2014.

Policy Notes - analysis on current affairs

Former fighters, postwar stability
The case of Liberia shows that former commanders can play a positive role when rebuilding war-torn societies. Read more in Policy Note #6, 2014.

Water and Africa’s resource crisis
Finding enough water, not land, will be the major challenge for securing Africa’s future food production. Read more in Policy Note #4, 2014.

Small farms and poverty paradox
Three-quarters of Africa’s malnourished children belong to farming families. In other words, those who are key to the development of the continent. Read more in Policy Note #5, 2014.

South Africa security

Report from the blue zone

In his first visit to South Africa, NAI researcher Mats Utas reflects on how everything centres on race and security. Read his blog post.

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Senior Researcher and Leader - two positions
NAI is seeking two experienced researchers of a professorial rank or its academic equivalent:
Senior researcher and leader of the research cluster on Conflict, Security and Democratic Transformation in Africa and
Senior researcher and leader of the research cluster on Mobility, Migration and Transnational Relations in Africa. Closing date for applications: January 15, 2015.
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Namibia’s one-party democracy

President-elect Geingob achieved a greater majority than his predecessors Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba against eight other contenders from the minority parties. More than ever, Namibia’s political arena is characterised by one-party dominance. This transforms the slogan from the struggle days that “SWAPO is the nation and the nation is SWAPO” into the dominant if not exclusive political motif of the post-liberation era.

Read article by NAI senior adviser Henning Melber at NAI Forum.

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