mali war

Peace requires economic justice

Sweden is preparing a peacekeeping operation to Mali, as negotiations take place between the Malian government and rebel groups in Algiers. According to NAI researcher Ole Martin Gaasholt, to achieve sustainable peace, poverty-stricken northern Mali needs to become fully integrated economically.

Guest Researcher at NAI

African Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme


The African Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme is directed at scholars in Africa, engaged in research on the African continent. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. More details about the scholarship programme here. Deadline for applications: 1 April 2015 (for a scholarship in 2016).

Mali puts Swedish troops to the test

Deadly violence, fighting between Tuareg groups, and very hash conditions are some of the challenges for the Swedish UN troops going to Mali. At a seminar in Stockholm, researchers and military personnel discussed the realities facing the 250 soldiers in the desert.

Finding love through Facebook

Social media Egypt

Young Egyptians increasingly find love through Facebook. However, most profiles and status updates are clearly shaped by traditional values. NAI scholarship-holder and PhD student Senni Jyrkiäinen is researching young expectations of love in Egypt.

Information is a weapon in Nigeria

It has been described as the deadliest massacre in Boko Haram’s violent history, the attack on a fisher village in north-eastern Nigeria in early 2015. But that is precisely how the parties of the conflict want us to think. Intentional exaggeration is a part of the war, NAI researcher Mats Utas says.

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Discussion: Is the violence taking over the Nigerian elections?

Violent acts by Boko Haram, army assaults on civilians, and accusations about malfeasance escalate ahead of the elections in Nigeria in February. Our researchers analyse the situation and trends on February 10 at 3.00–5.00 PM in Stockholm. The discussion will be held in Swedish.

Vacancy: Researcher in Urban Studies

The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) invites applications for the position of Researcher in Urban Studies
Closing date for applications: February 20, 2015

The researcher will conduct research in the field of urban studies. The institute’s research has been organized around four distinct clusters, and the successful applicant will be part of the research cluster on Urban Dynamics.

Read the complete advertisement for the Urban Studies Researcher here.

Peer-reviewed articles

'Infrastructure turned suprastructure : unpredictable materialities and visions of a Nigerian nation' by
Ulrika and Eric Trovalla. Journal of material culture. Read the article in the digital archive DiVA (opens in new window).

'The Place of Gentrification in Cape Town' by Annika Teppo and Marianne Millstein. Global Gentrifications. Uneven development and displacement. / [ed] Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin, Ernesto López-Morales, Bristol: Policy Press, 2015, 419-440. Read the article in the digital archive DiVA (opens in new window).

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.