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Misconceptions about migration

Burkina Faso. In general, the view of migrants is oversimplified. People move either because they are forced to, and are then categorized as refugees, or voluntarily, which make them economic migrants. NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen is guest editor of the journal...

Barney Pityana in Mail & Guardian

“2016 saw the worst, most base, downright stupid, if not racist, messages ever to come out of the governing party.” NAI former guest researcher Barney Pityana comments ANC's failure in South Africa’s local elections. Read the full article in Mail...

Increased violence and suspected fraud

Elections in Zambia. There are strong indications that the elections in Zambia last week was set up to benefit the ruling President Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front. This says Patience Mususa, researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, in an interview in the magazine...

Corporate and cooperative interests equally important

Fair trade in Africa. In African countries, the fair trade movement is not only a political statement against neoliberal policies. Gaining access to new markets is also an important objective. Consequently, private companies and local elites are involved as much as...

Necessary to adjust rates in Ghana

The current high wholesale and retail interest rates in Ghana are a major concern to firms and consumers as well as policymakers. It is urgent for policymakers to take the necessary steps in lowering interest rates, according to NAI researcher George...

Crucial test for ANC

South Africa. Wednesday’s municipal elections in South Africa resemble a vote of confidence for President Jacob Zuma and his party the African National Congress. Barney Pityana, former guest researcher at NAI, explains why.

What characterizes the African middle class?

In many African countries, there are the typical middle class markers - cafés, gyms, neat terrace houses and so on. The discussion on Africa's economic upswing started in 2011 and then argued that the middle class would be the key to the democratic...

Prevention or militarization?

African Union. Prevention and militarization are not mutually exclusive ways to counter conflicts in Africa. Rather, they should be understood as mirror images, writes NAI’s security researcher Linnéa Gelot.

Double standards and inconsistencies shape refugee policies

Dadaab. The Kenyan government threatens to close the largest refugee camp in the world. NAI-researcher Sirkku Hellsten hopes this will trigger a serious discussion among EU and UN policy makers about general responsibilities on refugee issues. So far, this...

One manual cannot develop Africa

Swedish development cooperation should recognize the many differences between African countries. No single manual can serve them all. Moreover, Sweden should support more already existing African development initiatives. These are some of the Nordic...

A constant state of precariousness

Migration. Having the correct documents or not – that is what African migrants in Greece are most concerned about.  Their future depends on it. Without the paper work in order, they can never get a formal job and a steady income, or go back and forth between...

Angola’s struggle against oil dependency

Urban research. Although economic diversification has been a buzzword for years, Angola is still heavily dependent on oil revenues. The sharp downturn in oil prices has put the country in a difficult situation. 

Assumptions and desires on gender in Africa

NAD 2016. NAI-researcher Maria Eriksson Baaz is one of the keynote speakers at the Nordic Africa Days in September, a two-day conference that this year will focus on gender and change in Africa. In her talk, Eriksson Baaz will offer critical reflections on how...

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