Politics fuels attacks on migrants

“This situation is hauntingly similar to apartheid, when people classified as citizens of Bantustans  were the targets of ruthless discrimination. The case pitted citizens against ‘foreigners,’ as black Africans were categorized as foreigners in their own country.  Now foreigners are again on the receiving end of the blame”, writes NAI researcher Annika Teppo on her blog.

Achille Mbembe writes about the South African government’s recent harsh stand on immigration which is turning legal migrants into illegal ones and thus fuels the violence”. Read article at Mats Utas’ blog.

How to negotiate with a spirit?

Terje Oestigaard tells the fascinating story how a water spirit blocked the Bujagali dam in Uganda. He explains the ritual drama behind the repeated efforts to relocate the spirit so that construction of the billion dollar dam could proceed. See clip below, and download his book Dammed Divinities here.

The need to visit Tunisia

Visit Tunisia
Photo: Anitta Kynsilehto

"Tunisia needs our solidarity now", says NAI-researcher Anitta Kynsilehto who attended the World Social Forum in Tunis end of March, as part of her current project.  The terrorist attack in the Tunisian capital the week before cast its shadow on the forum, but didn’t hamper the event.

Peace has a price

African Union

No development without peace. That´s true for Africa as well as the rest of the world. NAI researcher Victor Adetula points out the crucial importance of political will to attain peace. These committed African politicians must also be willing to pay for peace operations. Although new threats like transnational crime and terrorism have come up, there is an old remedy that should be given more space – traditional African models of conflict resolution.

Read more in this new Current African Issues (opens in new window).

Detecting conflicts in prints


He is analysing three border conflicts that eventually were brought to court of arbitration - and also the impact of these conflicts on domestic policy in the loosing countries. PhD candidate David Larsson Gerbre-Mehdin is now using the NAI Library for his research.

The only option for Ethiopia


There is no alternative but to combine smallholder production with large-scale commercial farms, according to NAI guest researcher Wondwosen Michago Seide. Yet many are concerned about land investments and view them as means of colonising and scrambling African states. Research by Wondwosen, however, shows that in Ethiopia most investments in land are domestic. 

Theatre, seminar, mingle and phototalk

Monday April 20 at 14.00 in Uppsala
Theatre – Seminar – Mingle – Phototalk: everything with focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the participants in the seminar panel you will find Loochi Muzaliwa, program coordinator with the Life & Peace programme in DRC and Stina Högbladh, peace and conflict researcher at Uppsala University. Moderator: NAI researcher Anders Sjögren.

African Crime Day at NAI

21 May 2015 - African Crime: Fiction and Facts: Meet authors and researchers discussing the trend of African crime fiction and crime in an African setting. The event is in English and open to all. Please register for the event. Program and registration.

Six ways to end conflict in war-torn South Sudan

Political parties must get serious and Ugandan troops must leave. But it will take more to end the  conflict in South Sudan. NAI’s Redie Bereketeab gives six recommendations in this new Policy Note.

Tough challenges ahead

A harsh reality is waiting beyond the honeymoon for Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari. Read NAI researcher Henrik Angerbrandt’s analysis at Mats Utas’ blog.

Search material for Africa studies

The search tool AfricaLitPlus brings together books, publications and articles of the NAI Library, plus a selection of other sources for Africa studies, in one place.

Flow and failure

Predicting failure as well as flow of infrastructure is a necessary skill in Nigeria. NAI researchers Erik and Ulrika Trovalla’s article is one of the top five most read articles in Journal of Material Culture. And it is Open Access for everyone to download!

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