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2012

Making markets for the poor

In Liberia, a dual economic structure has been underpinned by a discriminatory system and a political patronage that has favoured the elite of the Americo-Liberian community. The majority of the Liberian population has experienced not only poverty but...

“Most fun job ever”

After seven years as Director of the Nordic Africa Institute, Carin Norberg ends her term in December. − I’ll soon finish my most fun job ever. It has been seven years of challenges, transformations and developments. During this period the image of...

New Head of Communication at NAI

Elnaz Alizadeh is the new Head of Communication at NAI. Most recently she was responsible for communications at the Centre for Molecular Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet. She aims to reach out even further with the research carried out at NAI. −...

Beyond gender and stir

Despite general agreement that security sector reform (SSR) efforts need to be gendered, there is less concurrence on what gendering means and how it should be achieved. The policy field of gender and SSR is characterised by handbooks rather than...

Mobile phones have big impact in Africa

Nearly 60 percent of Swedes aged 16-74 are using a smartphone or mobile. Something we often forget is that in many African countries mobile phone development has had far wider impact than in the West. - The mobile...

A permanent temporary solution?

Thousands of Cape Town residents live in vulnerable conditions without access to decent housing. An emergency programme allows for the temporary relocation of residents in crisis to so-called Temporary Resettlement Areas (TRAs). However, for many...

Arab revolts in Sudan?

Women are the new faces of Sudanese protests. At great personal risk, Sudanese women are at the forefront of social resistance movements says NAI researcher Linnéa Gelot. Sudanese activists are tapping into the climate of change in North Africa as...

Is growth sustainable?

Swedish minister for finance, Anders Borg, attended a NAI workshop on African Economic Growth. Among the invited guests were Thandika Mkandawire, Professor at London School of Economics, Miguel Nino-Zarazúa, Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, and on link...

Protests against Mursi

Massive protests have taken place in several Egyptian cities against the president's moves last Thursday to grant himself extensive new powers. Read more on BBC.

APC wins Sierra Leone election

Supporters of All People’s Congress (APC) and President Ernest Bai Koroma celebrated their election victory over the weekend. In the presidential election in Sierra Leone the incumbent President Koroma received close to 59 percent of the votes as...

Politically rewarded violence

The rebel take-over of Goma in Congo has decreased the possibility to break with a vicious circle in which insurgent violence is time and again politically rewarded. The “international community” has a responsibility, argue NAI researcher Maria...

Support to higher education needs coordination

NAI director Carin Norberg attended a conference in Finland on 19 to 20 November about development and higher education. Among many things, it was discussed how Finland and Sweden can coordinate the support to higher education as well as to...

Who won power?

A few days after the election in Sierra Leone on November 17, everyone is waiting for the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to announce the final results.

Call for Papers ECAS 5

ECAS 5, 27-29 June (note the changed date) 2013 in Lisbon. Call for papers deadline: 16 January 2013. Theme of ECAS 5: 'African dynamics in a multipolar world' List of all panels is available here (opens in new window). Call for papers (opens in...

Contested land reform in Zimbabwe

The image of the Fast-Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe has often been that of the widespread displacement and subsequent replacement of various people. The new book in NAI series 'Africa Now', co-published with Zed Books, shows a different perspective...

‘African solutions to African problems’

At the heart of African peace and security architecture (APSA) is the aspiration for enhanced African autonomy, often referred to as the ‘African solutions to African problems’ agenda. ‘To this day, there are tensions dogging this ambition. I will...

Rebels have taken Goma in Congo

Residents of Goma have fled across the border to neighboring Rwanda. The Congolese government  and UN-reports claim that the rebels are supported by Rwanda, which the Rwandan government denies. This may at worst lead to a new war ...

Elite with no interest in reforms

It is nine years since there was peace, but Liberia is still suffering from the long civil war. Society is twofold with a small elite very rich and the majority of people who are very poor. Agricultural development is an area with great economic...

NAI report wins publishing award

NAI Annual Report 2011 'Africa's changing societies: Reform from below' has been awarded the Swedish Publishing Award (Svenska Publishing-priset) in the category Annual Reports. Johan Resele, from Global Reporting who worked with the layout, received...

Predicting infrastructure

NAI researchers Erik and Ulrika Trovalla with the Urban Cluster have been granted funds by the Swedish Research Council for a three-year project in the Nigerian city of Jos. Their research will explore how people through infrastructure try to predict...

Regional cooperation in the Horn

NAI researcher Redie Bereketeab and Professor Kidane Mengisteab are editors of a new book titled Regional Integration, Identity and Citizenship in the Greater Horn of Africa, published by James Currey. While it is clear that individual countries are...

Interpreting childhood and youth

The 5th Finnish Conference on Childhood Studies and the 11th Finnish Conference on Youth Studies Conference bring researchers together to discuss in an interdisciplinary and reformative way. The conference is being held in the House of Science and...

New book by former NAI Guest Writer

Christopher Mlalazi was Guest Writer at NAI in 2011. The poet and short-story writer from Zimbabwe worked on a book during his stay in Uppsala. The book ‘Running with Mother’ was recently reviewed by the newspaper ’The Zimbabwean’: “As a simple tool...

Affective Politics in the new Egypt

How do people sense and express the post-Arab spring? The new researcher with the NAI Conflict Cluster, Maria Malmström, suggests that a comprehensive understanding of contemporary North African politics needs to include people’s emotions. During her...

Farming important again in Sudan

Several Gulf States and Egypt have leased agricultural land in Sudan in recent years. They wish to achieve food security by cultivating on foreign lands to feed their own populations.

NAI present during Sierra Leone elections

Sierra Leone goes to the polls on 17 November. The ruling party All People’s Congress (APC) has dominated politics since independence, with the exception of two elections after the end of the civil war, which the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP)...

Report from Oslo-conference and NAI 50th anniversary

More than a hundred – mainly Norwegian – scholars, practitioners, officials and policy makers participated in the conference ‘Research for Development?’ in Oslo, November 1, 2012. The need to re-assess the meaning and definition of development studies...

Important to screen research for relevancy

Lisa Román is a new policy- and research analyst with the NAI Global Cluster. She started her research career as an economist at the Stockholm School of Economics and has long experience working with Sida and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as an aid...

Tanzanian land for equity policy

Tanzanian Minister for Lands and Human Settlements, Professor Anna Tibaijuka, visited the Nordic Africa Institute 30 October.

Linking research with development co−operation

Gun Eriksson Skoog is a new researcher with the NAI Conflict Cluster. She is on secondment from Sida and recently returned from a position at the Swedish Embassy in Liberia. One of her responsibilities is linking NAI research with development...

Films from the NAI 50th anniversary conference

Films from the NAI 50th anniversary conference in October 2012 -  'Fifty years with Africa in focus': Watch and listen to, among others, the opening speech by President Martti Ahtisaari, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, panel debates and more (website...

Danish support to NAI ends

Britha Mikkelsen, former NAI-researcher, writes on U-landsnyt.dk about Danish decision to pull out of NAI cooperation (in Danish, opens in new window). − The Danish withdrawal from NAI is a great loss to Nordic cooperation. At this moment we are...

Escalating conflict in Congo

The rebel group M23 has launched an armed offensive in eastern Congo and 400 000 people are reported to be fleeing the violence. According to NAI researcher Maria Eriksson Baaz the rebel offensive  is an expected ...

NAD - constructive academic encounter

The Nordic Africa Days, the annual NAI conference, was hosted at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík last week. Fifteen staff members and researchers attended the conference and the complete NAI urban cluster was there. − Nordic Africa Days in...

Land and forest on Zanzibar

Three researchers from the department of geography and geology at the University of Turku in Finland spent a few days at NAI to read relevant literature and establish contacts at the institute. They are researching on land use and forest management...

Agricultural investments in Africa

Today's foreign agricultural investments in Africa can be compared with colonization and the European exploitation of the continent's natural resources.  This writes NAI researcher Terje Østigård in a debate article in Swedish...

Development cooperation and higher education

'Coherence in policy and practice in Finland, Sweden and the Nordic Region'. The Finnish-Swedish Series of Dialogues in Higher Education and Research. Location: Hanaholmen, Esbo NAI Director Carin Norberg participates in the event. The goal of the...

Challenges to peace operations

The African Union faces several challenges in achieving success in African peace operations. AU member states are keen to show the world they can deal with conflicts on the continent. However, peace and security issues readily attract international...

The changing post-apartheid city

Annika Teppo is the new leader of NAI’s urban research cluster. Her research deals with the post-apartheid city. It consists of three lines of research, which are related to race, urban culture and symbolisms and economic changes after apartheid...

Chimamanda Adichie at NAI visit

The Nordic Africa Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary on 12 October with a conference. One of the keynote speakers were Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Openness and good governance

There are serious problems of governance and lack of transparency at the national level in Africa. Although abundant with various natural resources, the problems of governance are restraining the people to get their share of the profit. Most countries...

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 and Africa

The Nordic Africa Institute library staff has compiled this web dossier to coincide with the announcement of 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. The dossier contains web links, selected online articles, literature that is available in the NAI library and...

Why South Sudan and not Somaliland?

South Sudan gained independence last year, while Somaliland has for decades struggled for independent statehood without success. NAI researcher Redie Bereketeab examines the underlying reasons for this situation. − In Sudan, the conflict was...

A conference of questions

What role do ex-warlords have to play in the post-conflict setting? Are they a hindrance to the perusal of peace or a necessary ‘evil’? Is there are a gap in literature regarding the role of leaders and personalities in the pursuit of peace? And would...

Globalization and the changing picture of Africa's trade

Africa’s international trade links appear to have reached a watershed. Instead of cementing Africa’s trade ties to the developed countries that have traditionally dominated the continent’s international economic relations, there is a systematic shift...

The NAI library opens in new premises

The Nordic Africa Institute Library  opens in new premises Monday October 1st.  Opening hours: Mon- Fri 12-17, Visting address: Villavägen 6, Uppsala Welcome!

Cautious optimism

Africa has since the end of the 1970s been called the hopeless continent. The recent economic growth is producing a different picture, and many now speak of 'Africa on the Rising' or 'Lions on the move'. Outgoing NAI Research Director, Fantu Cheru...

Sexual desire, morality and female genital cutting

NAI researcher Maria Frederika Malmström is invited to discuss her research carried out among Muslim Women in Cairo at a WHO-seminar on 27 September. − I will discuss experiences of sexual desire in relation to discourses of sexuality in the context...

‘Jobs – Aid at work’

Carin Norberg, Director of the Nordic Africa Institute, participates in an interactive results meeting ‘Jobs – Aid at work’, October 8th 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read more about the event which is a part of the ReCom (Research and Communication on...

Africa research at Book Fair

At the International Square, stand H04:21, you will find NAI books and publications with new interesting research on Africa. NAI researchers Mats Utas and Lisa Åkesson will discuss their research findings at the Gothenburg Book Fair, 27-30 September...

Can warlords be democrats?

In many post-conflict societies in Africa former warlords run for election. Is this a necessary evil or can warlords contribute to building democratic societies? The NAI workshop from 20 to 21 September aims to investigate this. NAI researcher Anders...

More child soldiers in Congo

Swedish Radio reports a growing number child soldiers in DRC (listen to programe, in Swedish). NAI researcher Mats Utas has since 1997 been doing research in Liberia and Sierra Leone with focus on youth in conflicts. − As long as conflicts linger...

More and bigger cities end poverty?

“It is very easy to see why urban solutions based on urban and economic theories are attractive to many Western governments. Black and white statements such as ‘Bangkok and Kinshasa are badly planned, New York is well planned’ are as simplistically...

Government fails to see people as partners

An article by NAI researcher Onyanta Adama on solid waste management in Abuja, Nigeria, describes the failure of the government to see the people as key partners in urban governance. − People are not consulted and thus their interests are not taken in...

Annica van Gylswyk (1930-2012) in memoriam

Annica Van Gylswyk died on July 14 this year in her home in Cape Town. She worked at the Nordic Africa Institute from 1987 to 1996. Mai Palmberg portraits a beloved colleague with an infallible instinct for justice.

Rebel structures used for political purposes

Mariam Persson has written a guest post at NAI-researcher Mats Utas' blog. She writes about winners and losers – ex-combatants post-election in Liberia. Mariam Persson is a doctoral candidate at King's College London. She has over the last three...

Land acquisitions – a rush for water?

The high demand for agricultural land in poor countries has important consequences also for water use. During the World Water Week in Stockholm, late August 2012, it was highlighted that it is less a matter whether large scale land and water...

The Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2013

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic Africa Institute currently invite social science departments, research institutions and institutes, in Africa and elsewhere, to propose candidates for the Claude Ake Visiting Chair for 2013...

Shift of paradigm? - Report from conference in Juba

NAI hosted a conference on 13-14 August in Juba on Self-determination and Secession: Comparing South Sudan and Somaliland. Eleven scholars from six countries presented case studies on South Sudan, Somaliland, Eritrea, Katanga and Biafra. Also papers...

Angolan Elections

Angola will hold its second multiparty elections since the ending of the civil war in 2002, on the 31 August, 2012. The ruling MPLA and its President José Eduardo dos Santos are expected to win the elections, though not as emphatically as they did...

Water and food in the future

In 2050, the population in all the Nile Basin countries is expected to be ten times higher than it was in 1950. This will put ever increasing pressure on water as a resource for development. The Nile Basin catchment area is shared by 11 countries...

Infrastructure in people's daily lives

The digital revolution , with cell phones, mobile internet , etc. increasingly characterizes African cities. At the same time infrastructure is characterized by an advanced decay, fragmentation and uncertainty. For example ...

Partnerships necessary to achieve peace and security

In today’s peace operations, the trend is for several organisations to work together. For example, in Africa the UN often enlists regional organisations such as the African Union to help it achieve international peace and security. Debates over the...

Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, November 22-24, 2012

The aims of the workshop are to enhance comparative and critical views of poverty politics; to consolidate CROP’s  (The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) recently formed Working Group on Poverty Politics and Social Policy, and to prepare the...

Pole of Global Growth

NAI researcher Fantu Cheru has contributed a chapter to the Economic Report on Africa 2012 and is also one of its editors. The report is a joint publication of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission...

Elections in Libya

On 7 July the people of Libya will elect a General National Congress that will be responsible for overseeing the drafting, ratification and implementation of a new constitution and will also appoint an interim prime minister until general elections...

Dams as lifesavers

Dams are controversial and considered as a threat to both environment and people. But Africa needs more energy and food. Building dams is the best way to achieve these goals, argues NAI researcher Terje Oestigaard. − Dams are a triple life saver. They...

Rethinking gender

– Gender relations should be investigated, not assumed. Policies not corresponding with people´s lives are unlikely to succeed, says former NAI researcher Signe Arnfred. Signe Arnfred´s book ' Sexuality and Gender Politics in Mozambique' won the...

Facing the law and not liking it: the Kenyan cases at the ICC

The ICC trials in Kenya will take place after the next Kenyan presidential and parliamentary elections in March next year. Two of the accused for crimes against humanity, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, have declared that they will run for the office...

Too many documents on too many subjects

NAI associate Bertil Odén attended a meeting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which aimed to explain the new aid policy platform. The platform is expected to be ready by October this year.

Africa as laboratory

Africa has long been imagined as a laboratory by Western political and scientific institutions, first through late-colonial policies and later by western financial institutions and development agencies. The notion of Africa as wild, impeded or flawed...

Failing systems as opportunities

Failing infrastructure creates its own mode of production that has come to form the backbone of many African cities, and if things were working as intended the spine would crumble. NAI researcher Ulrika Trovalla reflects on African urbanity after...

British policy on Africa

NAI guest researcher Olga Kulkova is an expert on Great Britain’s Africa policy during the leadership of Tony Blair. – The British engagement in Africa increased with Blair as prime minister. The G8-summit in Gleneagles on debt cancellation to African...

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years

Erstwhile NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia) rebel leader and President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in prison by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The verdict will further stabilize Liberia and probably we will see some...

Human rights fundamentalism disregards the poor

What do African homosexuals, genital mutilation of Maasai women and Madonna’s adoption have in common? In all three cases, human rights fundamentalism is easily applied. At least anthropologist Dr Harri Englund believes so. "Human rights are often the...

25 May - Africa Day

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union which is comprised of 53 member states and aims to collectively address the...

Poor city planning a threat to water access

– Rapid urbanization in Sub Saharan Africa is putting immense pressure on its natural resources like Land and Water. Poor land use planning in cities on the other hand is posing serious challenges on water resources, says Jack Abuya, guest...

State-higher education relations in South Africa

Open seminar at NAI on 22 May, 15.00 in the library, click here to read the details under Events. Academics become competitive in their research due to market discourse. What happens to marginalized groups like women and black academics in this...

Vacancy: Head of Communications

As Communications Manager you will be responsible for planning, coordinating, developing and monitoring the unit's activities and will also have staff responsibility . Please note! Deadline for applications is June 7th, 2012. Read the...

Presidential candidates on trial

International Criminal Court’s up-coming trial in Kenya is welcomed by many but also poses threat to stability. Uhuru Kenyatta and Willian Rutu are two of the accused for crime against humanity. They also stand as candidates in the presidential...

Pearls from the collections

A new exhibition at the NAI library showcases images of Africa through fiction, art, maps and prints. The exhibition opens on Monday May 7th at 4 p.m and is open to all. The 60-year old masterpiece by Amos Tutuola 'The Palm-Wine drinkard' and His Dead...

A war no one can win

Tension between the bordering states of Sudan and South Sudan has escalated into armed conflict over the past few weeks. The current conflict began when South Sudanese troops attacked the city of Heglig in Sudan and occupied it for 10 days before...

China in Maghreb

Imen Belhadj from Tunisia, presently at Peking University in China, visits NAI during 2 April – 29 June. Her area of research is on relations between China and Maghreb. – As a student in China l have noticed that most of the research on Africa only...

Taylor found guilty

Yesterday, 26 April, the Special Court for Sierra Leone found Charles Taylor guilty of aiding the RUF during the Sierra Leonean Civil War. The court case that has taken five years is the last of a court that has previously sentenced 9 Sierra Leonean...

President Salva Kiir in Beijing

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir held on Tuesday an hour long speech at Peking University. Besides from personally open the Embassy of South Sudan in China, the official visit also was to assure Chinese oil companies that they will be compensated...

New NAI researcher - with focus on Southern Africa

Eldridge Adolfo began his work at NAI in April and belongs to the conflict cluster. He has recently returned from working with the United Nations Peace building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), where he was Youth and Conflict Advisor. – Democracy has...

Still no People Power

In 1990 all but five of Africa’s 54 countries were dictatorships, either civilian or military. Ten years later most of the countries had introduced political reforms and become democratic. But very few, even today, have moved on beyond just holding...

Download text books

The Nordic Africa Institute has recently scanned and uploaded 200 publications that are now available for free download in the digital archive DiVA . Most of these publications can also be ordered print on demand. ’African Voices, African Visions’...

Africa inspired by Arab Spring

NAI researcher Fantu Cheru interviewed in Swedish television about democracy in Africa. –  Balance of power is shifting. Soon dictators are going to be a thing of the past. Because there is now a new generation which have grown up in a very different...

Somalia's neighbours unfairly treated

The War on Terror over the past decade, as well as the international campaign against offshore piracy has renewed geostrategic interest in the Horn of Africa and affected the politics of the region. Those countries leading the War on Terror have...

Power corrupts quickly

The military junta who overthrew the government in Mali promise to ensure “law and order and pluralistic democracy”. Moreover, members of the junta are not allowed to run for elections. – It sounds good, but power often tends to corrupt people very...

Reform from Below

In NAIs Annual Report 2011 you can read about how military structures lingers in Liberia, about the global rush for land, the importance of understanding local farming techniques, about how African cities drive change, and much, much more. Download...

NAI library closed during the summer

The Library will be closed for the summer due to moving premises the 25th of June to the 28th of September. The access to the collection is limited during this time as follows: the older collection, books printed before 2000 will not be available...

The conflict in Uganda is larger than Kony

Cecilia Bäcklander, journalist and TV producer writes in an article on NAI Forum: 'The origin of the conflict is complex. Many attempts have been made both to crush the LRA and to negotiate a conflict resolution. Despite the doubts and the...

Power balance linked to water access

With the inflow of especially foreign countries as land investors in transboundary water basins there is an obvious risk that the power balance between those countries sharing access to the water is changed, says NAI researcher Mats Hårsmar.  He is...

Why Big Men matter

Big Men exist in all societies, but they only grow important when the normal state-structures are weak. When ordinary people get sick or can´t pay the school fee and the state does not provide any help, they seek help from Big Men. NAI launches a new...

Commentary: 'Kony 2012' and the Politics of Representation

Should advocacy NGOs, no matter how noble their intentions, be forgiven for misrepresenting inconvenient facts – and completely ignoring others – to more effectively raise awareness (and revenue) through their campaigns? NAI study scholarship holder...

NAI Forum: Repoliticizing feminism in gender and development policy

Prudence Woodford-Berger, senior policy adviser on gender and equality issues, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, asks in a new article on NAI Forum: Where are women’s rights perspectives in the Millenium Development Goals? Women’s rights defenders...

Physician, heal thyself

Based on new statistics, Professor Audrey S. Gadzekpo shows how women are almost invisible in African media. Africa lags behind the world both in terms of the share of news stories reported by women and the number of times women feature in news...

Suggested reading - International Women's Day 2012

Equalisters - Rättviseförmedlingen (RÄF) is called Equalisters in English. Equal for equality, and listers for all the people who contribute to the massive lists that RÄF compile of people who can serve as alternatives to prevailing norms. Cause of...

Report from Codesria meeting

Codesria, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, held its general assembly in Rabat, Morocco in December last year. Eva Evers Rosander, NAI associate and associate professor in social anthropology, was invited by...

Research assistant

NAI is looking for a research assistant that is going to work with the project. ”Rural development in Tanzania since independence”. Deadline for applications is March 20, 2012. Read the complete advert here (in Swedish only).

Remaking cities; Workshop 7-9 March

Increasing population pressure in the cities of the Global South is leading to escalating conflicts over space, resources and belonging. In many cases formal urban planning under the aegis of urban planners and state officials clashes with the visions...

Water control in African cities

Leading experts on water and urbanisation will present their latest research findings at a two-day conference in Uppsala, 1-2 March. “Water systems and urbanisation in Africa and beyond” is open to the public and will be especially concerned with the...

African liberation-exhibit at NAI

An original copy of the very first issue of ANC’s official publication Sechaba, dating from 1967, is one of the highlights of an upcoming exhibition at NAI. As part of NAI’s 50th anniversary celebrations visitors will get a chance to explore the...

New way forward for Somalia?

On 23 February, some of the world's most influential leaders come together in London to try to coordinate a better international approach towards Somalia. In a new article on NAI Forum, Abdihakim Aynte, Somali political analyst, urges conference...

Under the cover of partnership by Lisa Åkesson

The EU commissioner responsible for migration, Cecilia Malmström, has recently launched a renewed EU migration strategy. According to Malmström, the aim is to boost EU relationships with non-EU states to better reap the mutual benefits ...

Films from Africa Day at Sida

On 19 January Sida arranged the seminar "Africa - Developing or lack of progress?" in Stockholm. Carin Norberg, the Nordic Africa Institute’s director, was one of the speakers. Films from the seminar, including all the presentations and the discussion...

Why worship the sun in a desert?

Terje Oestigaard, researcher at NAI in the rural research cluster, gives a lecture at Linnaeus University in Växjö on Monday, 13 February. He will speak about Nile archaeology and answer the question why the ancient Egyptians worshiped the sun despite...

NAI and EAC strengthen ties

The Nordic Africa Institute and the East African Community will begin to work more closely together following last week's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties. The aim is to mobilize NAI's research in support of the...

NAD - Nordic Africa Days 2012

The Nordic Africa Days (NAD), the biennial conference of the Nordic Africa Institute, will be hosted at University of Iceland in Reykjavík on October 18-19, 2012. The theme is 'Africa unplugged'. NAD will highlight Africa’s multiple positions in a...

Göte Hansson has left us

It is with great sadness and loss that the Nordic Africa Institute shares the news that Professor Göte Hansson – colleague and friend of many of us – has passed away. Göte Hansson will be best remembered for his successful work in building capacity in...

Why they join armed groups

Some of the researchers at NAI share their reflections and observations from the field on personal blogs. Mats Utas just posted an article on what makes young men join armed groups like AQIM in Sahel and Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. Mats draws on...

Small chance for LRA peace deal

Despite efforts by regional powers, with support from the US, The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is still operating in DR Congo and the Central Africa Republic. According to Professor Koen Vlassenroot current prospects for a peace deal with the rebel...

AU-UN peace missions evaluated

High level officials from the African Union and the United Nations, international scholars and military officers discussed the challenges of AU-UN joint missions at a seminar at NAI last month. In her report from the seminar, NAI researcher Linnéa...

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