Museveni's strong hold on Uganda

On Thursday 18 February Uganda will hold presidential elections. The country’s economy is failing, unemployment is high and corruption is widespread within the state apparatus. Yet, hardly any observer would expect President Yoweri Museveni, who has served since 1986, to be voted out of power. How is this possible? NAI researcher Anders Sjögren explains.

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Mapping the invisible experiences of displacement

From an administrative point of view migrants can be categorized as “refugees” or “internally displaced persons”. But beyond the purview of state bureaucracies and humanitarian agencies, there are of course also the formally invisible migrants, people experiencing various degrees of involuntary displacement. This is the subject of a new book in the planning.

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Smallholder irrigation in Ethiopia

”This is the right place to do this kind of research”, Atakilte Beyene says on field work in the northwest region of Ethiopia at the Koga Irrigation Scheme. It’s the first large scale irrigation system managed by smallholder farmers in the country.

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Changes don’t come easy

The Uganda elections on 18 February are not likely to bring change. Anything other than the continued incumbency of Yoweri Museveni, president for the last 30 years, will come as a major surprise to most observers.

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One man’s war on corruption

It seems as if the campaign promises during last year’s election were not just cheap talk. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has during his first year in office launched serious initiatives to fight corruption. Although there have to date been few convictions, several cases involving billions and billions of embezzled state finances have been brought out into the open.

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After the oil rush

Angola’s oil industry generated US$ 468 billion during the 13-year boom that ended in 2014. Now, as the prosperity vanishes, Angolans are left with one question: where did all the money go?

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“Democracy not the target”

Last Friday’s terror attacks in Burkina Faso, that killed 30 people, came at a time when the country is in a c...

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