A New Dawn for Little Towns

“If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere” – so run the lyrics from the musical New York, New York. They might just as well have been written about Angola’s booming capital Luanda, one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, which attracts people with dreams and ambitions from all over the continent. But not all people fear little town blues. Researcher Cristina Rodrigues will soon join NAI to study a brand new trend ‒ people moving from Luanda to other growing cities in Angola.

NAI in Almedalen - and on the web

  • Somalia, Mali och sedan..? Vem ska skapa fred i framtidens Afrika? (Somalia, Mali and then...? Who will create peace in Africa in the future?). With NAI researcher Linnéa Gelot.
    Available at Bambuser (opens in new window).
  •  Mali – en säkerhetspolitisk lägesbild. (Mali - current status of security politics.) With former NAI researcher Ole Martin Gaasholt. See webcast below.
  • Kopplingen mellan IS och Boko Haram – bristande internationell respons (The connection between IS and Boko Haram - the lack of international reaction). With NAI researcher Henrik Angerbrandt. Webcast information later on.

More about NAI's participation in Almedalen (information in Swedish).

Meet NAI’s researchers at Almedalen

Atakilte Beyene
Atakilte Beyane. Photo: Mattias Sköld.

“Women do half of the farm work and most of the household work, they are the main providers of food, water and fuel. Still, Ethiopia is a very male-dominated society”, says Atakilte Beyane, researcher at NAI, on women’s situation in rural Ethiopia.

Read more about NAI's participation at Almedalen political week.

Middle-class migrants suffer too

“Xenophobia is so normalized in South Africa that we don’t question it anymore”.
Sarah Chiumbu is originally from Zimbabwe but has lived many years in South Africa. Xenophobia in South Africa is not only taking place in poor neighborhoods, also middle-class university teachers, as Chiumbu, have experienced it.

Chiumbu was one of the researchers participating in CODESRIA’s general assembly in Dakar, Senegal 8-12 June.

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.

Urban poverty

“Why are the poor poor? To answer that we must go to poor neighbourhoods and talk with poor people”, says Laura Stark from University of Jyväskylä.
See video clip with her and other researchers discussing Poverty and Urban Renewal at a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Monuments in Nairobi

See a filmclip with NAI researcher Lydia Muthuma where she talks about the meaning of statues and monuments in Nairobi.

NAI library

Summer opening hours from June 15 onwards.

There are always web resources that you can use and don't miss DiVA - an academic archive - where NAI's publications can be downloaded (most of them for free).

Proscovia Svärd, Network Co-ordinator. Photo: Maria Elisson.

New network for Africanists

A new network for Nordic Africanists is now launched. However, much more needs to be done before everything will work according to plans. The first challenge is to recruit members and secure funding.
The Nordic Africa Research Network, NARN, is an independent and member based association.

Africa-resources in one place

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.

NAI library - guided tour

NAI in media

Click on the Facebook logo to access the NAI Facebook-page.