The Nordic Africa Institute publishes three series. The publications, with some exceptions, are either available in pdf format and can be downloaded for free or can be ordered Print on Demand from one of our distributors. Monographs and anthologies are published in cooperation with academic publishers of high standing.

Current Status of Agriculture and Future Challenges in Sudan

By Farida Mahgoub

Urbanisation and long-lasting civil wars and conflict mean that the demographic pattern in Sudan is changing drastically. Nevertheless, 60%–80 % of Sudanese engage in subsistence agriculture. Agriculture remains a crucial sector in the economy as a major source of rawmaterials, food and foreign exchange. It employs the majority of the labour force, and serves as a potential vehicle for diversifyingthe economy. However, no rigorous studies have explained productivity in this sector inrelation to food security. The situation has worsened because agriculture in particular has been neglected sincethe advent of oil production in the early 2000s. Moreover, Sudan’s agricultural growth has been unbalanced, with the majority of irrigated agriculture concentrated in the Centre and ahuge disparity in development indicators between the best- and worst-performing regions. Thus, studies show that the vast majority of Sudanese are reported to be food insecure,especially internally displaced persons and in conflict regions such as Darfur, Kordofan and other regions.

Available for free download from our open archive (opens in new window).

Election-Related Violence: The Case of Ghana

By Clementina Amankwaah

This Current African Issue gives an overview of the causes and experiences of electionrelated violence in relation to patronage politics in Ghana. Ghana has been framed b ythe international community as a unique bastion of democracy and peace on the African continent. Nevertheless, the country has come from a military regime like many of its democratic African counterparts and is still prone to some of the problems faced by its more turbulent neighbours. The three main guiding issues that this publication will address in relation to election-related violence in Ghana are:

  • The causes of election-related violence in Ghana
  • Who the people most likely to cause election-related violence are
  • The role that “big men” play in election-related violence

Download from our open archive (opens in new window).

The Oil Industry in Uganda; A Blessing in Disguise or an all Too Familiar Curse? The 2012 Claude Ake Memorial Lecture

By Pamela K. Mbabazi

As Uganda comes closer to full scale commercial production of its recently discovered oil resources, the state has much work to protect its economy from possible negative effects. Although much of the literature regarding oil globally, as well as in Uganda, paints a rather pessimistic picture, Dr. Pamela Mbabazi provides a set of alternatives, looking at oil as an opportunity rather than a curse. While oil is still in its infancy, many in Uganda have already predicted how it will play out over the next 50 years. While some are quick to point out the flaws and potential problem areas, Dr. Mbabazi suggests a more balanced approach, recognizing both the issue areas as well as the opportunities presented. Uganda has just celebrated its 50th anniversary as an independent nation. What is certain is that over the next five decades, oil will play a significant role in Uganda´s development. Thus, she argues that by heeding the suggestions made in this contribution, the government and key decision makers can help set Uganda on the right path to becoming Africa’s first oil success story. Dowload from our open archive (opens in new window).

Agricultural Development and Food Security in Africa. The Impact of Chinese, Indian and Brazilian Investments

By Fantu Cheru and Renu Modi

The subject of food security and land issues in Africa has become one of increased importance and contention over recent years. In particular, the focus has shifted to the role new Global South donors - in particular India, China and Brazil - are playing in shaping African agriculture through their increased involvement and investment in the continent.
Approaching the topic through the framework of South-South co-operation (SSC), this highly original volume presents a critical analysis of the ways in which Chinese, Indian and Brazilian engagements in African agriculture are structured and implemented. Do these investments have the potential to create new opportunities to improve local living standards, transfer new technology and knowhow to African producers, and reverse the persistent productivity decline in African agriculture? Or will they simply aggravate the problem of food insecurity by accelerating the process of land alienation and displacement of local people from their land?
Topical and comprehensive, ‘Agricultural Development and Food Security in Africa’ offers fresh insight into a set of relationships that will shape both Africa and the world over the coming decades.
Find more information in our open archive.

Read the Introduction by Fantu Cheru and Renu Modi here: 'Peasants, the state and foreign direct investment in African agriculture' (opens in new window).

would you like to receive information on our new publications?

If you wish to receive our Newsletter for New Publications, please fill out the order form.

Open archive - More than 800 fulltext publications for download

The Nordic Africa Institute has more than 800 publications available for download in the DiVA-archive.
’African Voices, African Visions’ and ’Producing nature and poverty in Africa’  are two examples of text books available in DiVA.



The Nordic Africa Institute's library provides access to many resources in electronic and printed format, which support research about Africa and related areas. Find more information about the library.

A report to the NAI 50th anniversary

Researching Africa. From Individual efforts to Structured Programmes. The role of the Nordic Africa Institute. A report to the NAI 50th anniversary. By Michael Ståhl.
The Nordic Africa Institute started on a modest scale back in 1962 by awarding three travel grants to young Nordic scholars with an interest in Africa. Fifty years later, the institute has become an internationally renowned centre of research, documentation, publishing and net-working.