Jihadism enters its final phase

In Morocco, the monarchy guarantees Islam while the state is responsible for secular affairs. In Tunisia, the new constitution separates state and religion. There is thus now a process in place in North Africa that might bring an end to violent jihadism.

War affects sexual debut

Rwanda and DR Congo have both been plagued by violent wars that have left millions of dead. These large-scale conflicts can be measured, but so too can everyday events in women’s lives. In this way, the connection between war and everyday life can be identified.

Finding clues for daily survival


The Nigerian city of Jos portrays the struggle to adjust to the endemic malfunctioning of its infrastructures. The life of the ordinary inhabitant in Jos is much dictated by his ability to devise ways and means of overcoming the challenges posed by the lack of basic necessities such as water, electricity and fuel. The erratic infrastructure as well as fragile peaceful co-existence have compelled the people to figure out whether the malfunction s are man-made or by powerful forces.
Read the article by NAI researchers Erik and Ulrika Trovalla in the Journal City

Slow land reform process in DRC

The many conflicts in DR Congo are not easily solved. There are a number of aspects such as national groups fighting the government, ethnic conflicts and not least land issues. In 2011 an international conference held in Kinshasa aimed at initiating a land reform process. President Kabila recognized the need for reforms but then the issue disappeared from the political agenda. This seminar gives both a background and a cautious prediction of what lies ahead.

Legal migration only solution

The only way to stop fatal ship accidents in the Medieterranean is to legalise workforce migration from West Africa to Europe. People will continue to risk their lives to escape poverty, says NAI researcher and migration exptert Jesper Bjarnesen in an analysis.

Danish minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard gives his support to Bjarnesens proposal on legalising migration in Danish daily Information.

Read articles with Jesper Bjarnesen in Information, Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet and see videos on Aftonbladet and Expressen, and listen ro radio on Danmarks Radio and Sveriges Radio ("Många båtar åker från Libyen").

Politics fuels attacks on migrants


“This situation is hauntingly similar to apartheid, when people classified as citizens of Bantustans  were the targets of ruthless discrimination. The case pitted citizens against ‘foreigners,’ as black Africans were categorized as foreigners in their own country.  Now foreigners are again on the receiving end of the blame”, writes NAI researcher Annika Teppo on her blog.

Achille Mbembe writes about the South African government’s recent harsh stand on immigration which is turning legal migrants into illegal ones and thus fuels the violence”. Read article at Mats Utas’ blog.


Bujumbura burning

Another African president wants to cling on to power, this time in Burundi. And as in Burkina Faso last year the people don’t accept it. NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen met with youths in Bujumbura that protested in the street.
Read article.

Restructuring economies

Economic restructuring is key to advancing trade relations with India and china. Eastern and Southern African nations are challenged to move from resource-based to industrial and service oriented economies.  Read Sumit Roy´s full analysis of the strategic trade visions of China and India in the Global Policy.

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Germans in Namibia

This book targeting the German-speaking audience, makes a critical analysis of SWAPO as a liberation movement in power as well as the opportunities for social justice in post-colonial Namibia. Order book by Henning Melber.

Apartheid is back

Apartheid is the root to outbreaks of deadly violence against immigrants in South Africa, says Annika Teppo in interview with Norwegian Aftenposten.

Family comes first

Too often, family and neighbours come first when African leaders decide how to spend public funds. However, donors must be aware of the great country variation, argues Ann-Sofie Isaksson in this new Policy Note.

Peace has a price

No development without peace. That´s true for Africa as well as the rest of the world. NAI researcher Victor Adetula points out the crucial importance of political will to attain peace. Although new threats like transnational crime and terrorism have come up, there is an old remedy that should be given more space – traditional African models of conflict resolution.

Read more in this new Current African Issues (opens in new window).

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