Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

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Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Research and policy analysis

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a research centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

Learn more about our research

Gender imbalances reinstated with the HIV epidemic

NAD 2016.Many feminists in South Africa viewed HIV and the resources it brought as an opportunity to challenge gender inequalities. It never happened. Instead the very things they had hoped to change were in fact entrenched.

Ghanaians’ faith in democracy remains strong

Political analysis. Elections in Ghana are usually clean and peaceful affairs, characterised by reasoned political argument. Nevertheless, events in the run-up to the elections on 7 December raise important questions. NAI head of research Victor Adetula discerns dark...

Challenging the 'Africa rising' narrative

Economic development. In recent years there has been much talk of a burgeoning middle class in many African countries. In a new book, spanning a variety of case studies from across the African continent, a group of researchers offers a critical analysis on this image.

Contested eco city

Nigeria. Proponents call it a high-tech smart city with sustainable energy and climate change solutions. Others call it an exclusive space for the wealthy few. The mega-project Eko Atlantic City on the coastline of Lagos is highly contested. 

Health efforts put more burden on women

Uganda. To compensate for the inadequate healthcare on the countryside, the authorities are aiming to reach people with health information. Since men are not interested in voluntary work, this means more work for women.

Too few women in the mines

Ghana. There are few women in the mining industry, the backbone of the country’s economy. According to Rufai Haruna Kilu, both the Government and the mining corporations need to do more to fight the gender imbalance.

Business-minded terrorists

NAD 2016. Transnational terrorist organizations work in a similar way as business companies. They compete over resources and labor with other organizations, and make rational choices where to operate. Actually, they even do franchising. This is the case with...

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