Jesper Bjarnesen

Burundi is not Rwanda

NAI researcher warns against simplistic comparisons

Fear is spreading in Burundi, a country with a history of ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi. This scenario brings to mind the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. However, the situation in the two countries is very different. Jesper Bjarnesen, senior researcher at NAI, explains why.

South Sudan

Is peace possible in South Sudan?

In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa efforts are made to stop the 20-month long civil war in the young nation of South Sudan. The talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels are led by the regional organisation IGAD.

For in-depth analysis on the conflict we recommend the Policy Note 'Why South Sudan conflict is Proving Intractable?', by NAI-researcher Redie Bereketeab.

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.
Order book.

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.

Studies on Africa in the Nordic countries


Study scholarships - applications for a number of one-month scholarships to facilitate use of the Institute’s library. Read more and apply for study scholarships here.

Scholarships for PhD candidates - write your PhD dissertation in Uppsala. Read more and apply for scholarships for PhD candidates here.

Deadline for both these scholarships is October 1st 2015.

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.

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 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.
Order book.

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.

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