Return migrants as developers?

“Just because people have lived in Europe does not mean they are able to overcome structural problems in their countries of origin”, NAI researcher Lisa Åkesson says.
Åkesson and Maria Eriksson Baaz are editors of new Zed Book that questions the idea of African return migrants as the new developers.
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New leaders bad for business?

“African people no longer quietly sit and watch while their leaders change the constitutions. However, the international community and multinational companies often prefer the old leaders to remain in power. They want business as usual with the very same corrupt leaders”, Andre Mangu said during the general Assembly of Codesria in Dakar.

Contested land reform successful

“Everybody thought it was chaos. It was not. We see now that people’s livelihood really have changed”, Patience Mutopo says about the land reform in Zimbabwe.

Children away from home are easily recruited by terrorists

It started as resistance against a new helmet law for motorcycle taxi drivers. Some years later Boko Haram had grown into a well-trained terrorist movement threatening the state of Nigeria.
Besides from weaken Boko Haram with military force, Jibrin Ibrahim from the Center for Democracy and Development, also recognizes other issues that need to be dealt with.
“Eleven million children between 5 and 15 in Northern Nigeria are not living with their families. They have been sent away to learn the Koran. It is a huge pool that extremists can draw from to recruit members”.

Elections don't bring changes

Current popular protests in African countries are directed not only against political leaders but also against the whole system affecting people’s social and economic lives, argues well-known French-Egyptian economist Samir Amin. At the CODESRIA general assembly in Dakar early in June he expressed concern that democracy has been reduced to elections only.

Apartheid’s legacy still exist

“If you are white you are associated with power and privileges. And if you are black you are associated with poverty or disadvantages. The legacies of apartheid in South Africa are still very present in everyday life. Perhaps is the concept of non-racialism not the best way to deal with it”.

Watch interview with Surendren Pillay from University of Western Cape in South Africa. He was one of many African scholars participating in the general assembly of CODESRIA in Dakar, Senegal.

Nkurunziza not likely to listen to critics

International threats of sanctions do not have an affect on President Nkurunziza, according to NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen. EU, US and UN have expressed criticism after the recent election that secured Nkurunziza a third term in office.  

Bjarnesen was interviewed by Danish state television station DR2. 

Weak land investments

“Unfortunately many land investments are weak when it comes to local employment or other social benefits for the rural population”, NAI researcher Atakilte Beyene states.
See video clip.

The place to be at

“It is a great place to meet other scholars, listen to interesting presentations and also establish new networks for future research”, NAI researcher Terje Oestigaard said about the ECAS in Paris.
See video clip. 

Nothing trickles down

People in Northern Mozambique have so far not seen any revenues from the extraction of their natural resources. “And they are not going to see any money either”, Teresa Maria da Cruz e Silva states. See filmed interview.

New laws on gender equality in Burkina Faso

“Previously, women only acquired land by getting married and they never could inherit from their husbands. Now, with new laws on gender equality in Burkina Faso, things are changing”, NAI researcher Cristiano Lanzano said during the 6th European Conference on African Studies in Paris.
See interview.

Grabs or deals?

“Every land investment is specific, and it depends on the context whether the investments are good or bad for local people”, Evans Osabuohien says.
See video interview.

The making of pure womanhood in Cairo

NAI researcher Maria Malmström contributes with one chapter on the making of pure womanhood among Muslim women in Cairo and is interviewed in another chapter on female genital cutting.
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Four million false votes

Listen to the director of the Electoral Institute, Abubakar Momoh, explaining how four million false votes were detected in the Nigerian Elections.
See video clip.

NAI books on the internet

We are now publishing our Africa Now book series on the internet for anyone to download and read. This will allow our researchers to reach new readers and to be more frequently cited in other academic work.

Urban poverty

“Why are the poor poor? To answer that we must go to poor neighbourhoods and talk with poor people”, says Laura Stark from University of Jyväskylä.
See video clip with her and other researchers discussing Poverty and Urban Renewal at a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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