The Nordic Africa Institute cooperates formally with several organisations, and the Institute is also a member of several networks at an institutional level. Some of the organizations that NAI is cooperating with are listed below.


AEGIS - African Studies in Europe is a research network of European studies centres which aims to create synergies between experts and institutions. With primary emphasis on Social Sciences and Humanities, AEGIS' main goal is to improve understanding about contemporary African societies.
More information on AEGIS at


Sida funding of a program on Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Africa
Duration: 2009 – 2011

The existing NAI research clusters explore key aspects of the African development and political challenges. The recruitment of a policy analyst/development economist is one way of integrating economic dimensions to existing research clusters that, at the moment, operate with single disciplinary lens. Strengthening economic research across the clusters is in line with the current reform process at NAI, which is designed to bring greater coherence and integration of research activities, and to promote multidisciplinary inquiry among individual theme group researchers through collaborative research endeavors. More information at

FOI - Swedish Defence Research Agency

The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) have entered into a framework agreement on research cooperation and capacity building in African studies. The agreement outlines plans for collaboration between the two institutions during the period of 2009-2010, with the main objective of establishing a solid base for cooperation and capacity building in Africa-related research on peace and security issues. Among the main themes and contents of the collaboration are the continuation of a joint lecture series initiated in 2008 on African Security, mutual support in quality reviews, information exchange and mediation of contacts and competencies from the respective organisation’s networks. 

The NAI-FOI lecture series on African security issues will continue in 2012. The overall theme for this year is the position of four large AU member states in the continued AU cooperation within peace and security. The states are South Africa, Algeria, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The lecturers will address questions on the countries’ positions on supranationalism/ intergovermentalism; priorities of AU/sub-regional cooperation; willingness for payments, etc. The background to the theme are the recent geopolitical changes in Africa. The “Arab Spring” has amongst other things resulted in transformative developments in some of the union’s five largest financing member states, which could lead to a review of strategic relations

More information about the lecture series.

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IDEP – the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning is a pan-African institution created in 1962 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Its mission is to assist policymakers and other stakeholders in enhancing their skills in the areas of policymaking, long-term perspective planning and institutional and regulatory reforms. IDEP undertakes a wide range of activities related to economic development and planning in Africa, aimed at promoting and defending the economic independence of African countries and peoples. The headquarters is in Dakar, Senegal.
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CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of social Sciences Research in Africa, was founded in 1973 with the combined aims of producing new social knowledge, bringing social knowledge to public issues, participating in the construction of African independence and development, combating “poverty, ignorance and disease” and contributing African perspectives to the understanding of global issues. The headquarter is in Dakar, Sénegal.


The Southern African-Nordic Center is a partnership of higher education institutions from all the Nordic countries and southern Africa. Its primary aim is to promote multilateral research cooperation on matters of importance to the development of both regions. There are currently 25 members,
NAI joined in June, 2010.

SANORD statues (pdf).

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The Nordic Africa Institute library is part of NorDoc, which is a Nordic working group on third world information and documentation. The members come from libraries in different organisations working with development matters.

Claude Ake Visiting Chair at Uppsala University

This visiting chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, is a collaboration between the department and the Nordic Africa Institute. It is funded by the Swedish government and Uppsala University to honour the memory of Professor Claude Ake, prominent African scholar, philosopher and humanist.
More on the Claude Ake Visiting Chair.

KAIPTC - The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

NAI and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana, has signed a memorandum of understanding on a joint research project. The joint research initiative will initially run over a period of two years. Read more about the agreement (pdf).

ACCORD and the University of Uppsala

With purpose to jointly increase their respective contributions towards the public goods of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa, in June 2007 ACCORD (the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes) , DPCR (the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala) and NAI defined five areas of cooperation, signing a novel North-South partnership agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding. The five areas identified by the South Africa-based NGO, the Swedish university department and the Nordic Research and documentation centre* were i) knowledge production/research; ii) training/courses; iii) publishing; iv) documentation and library resources; and v) staff exchanges, including the placement of Ph.D. candidates at DPCR. Read more about the agreement (pdf). More information about Accord on their website.


European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) is a professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. EADI's members include a wide range of development research and training organisations, think tanks, national bodies and researchers throughout Europe.
More information on EADI at


EARN, Europe-Africa Policy Research Network, is a network of African and European Policy Research Institutes, aiming to contribute to the EU-Africa Policy Dialogue. EARN intends to bring added value on pooling and fostering policy research capacities, dialogue, information and partnership between European and African non-governmental research institutions on issues relating to EU-Africa relations. The EARN network was officially launched in December 2007 (at the Lisbon Summit). Its formal (interim) structure was decided upon in April 2008. NAI is one of the members of the EARN network. More information on EARN at


The overall objective of the co-operation is to mobilise NAI's competences and capacities, and strategically use them to support the regional integration and the economic, political and social development agenda of the EAC (East African Community). Link to the EAC website (opens in new window).