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Middle class – driver of change?

“How do we define the middle class? In Africa, it is not obvious who belongs or not. Moreover, even when we manage to define – is it certain they are the drivers of socio-economic change in Africa? “ NAI’s Senior Advisor Henning Melber is among the...

"We should fight impunity, not whistle-blowers"

Corruption, although it is a global phenomenon, has particular implications for development in African countries. Each year, billions of dollars disappear from the continent and end up in tax havens. “It takes global efforts to fight against...

Peace Building and Regional Economic Communities

A two-day policy dialogue in Abuja, Nigeria in September will focus on lessons learnt from the experiences of IGAD and ECOWAS. Policy experts on these matters are welcome to submit abstracts until May 15.

Democratisation and political governance

Seminar in the Swedish Riksdag on May 23 ‘Democratization and governance under President Kagame’. What does the future hold for Rwanda in terms of inclusive governance and democratization? What does the constitutional amendment imply for Rwanda's...

Political experiments in urban jungles

Dystopic reputation in cities lika Lagos and Detroit  has opened the backdoor to large-scale experiments that favour the already privileged.

Nordic Africa Days 2016 – Call for Papers

Don’t miss the opportunity to submit papers, the deadline is May 3. The Nordic Africa Days 2016 has a thematic focus on gender relations in contemporary Africa. Paper proposals linked to the accepted panels are primarily invited.  

Notes from a Guest Researcher

“I got to know many of the researchers at NAI, I participated in the in-house seminars, and I noted that the debates were free and informed. I was also involved in various activities; presentations to the International Affairs Association, seminar at...

Clinging on to power

They are criticized of violence, fraud and bending the law. But still they keep getting re-elected.

Expect the unexpected

In a series of portraits called ‘Meet the NAI family’ you get to know the NAI staff a little bit better. The portraits have previously been published on Facebook but are now also available here at our website. And more are on their way!

Aid and authoritarian regimes in Africa

Almost half of Africa’s top aid recipients are ruled by authoritarian regimes. Even if democracy and human rights are on international donor’s agenda, in practice, their development policies help maintain political status quo. Tobias Hagmann and Filip...

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