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Suprastructure : A photo exhibition
Book; book; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Trovalla, Ulrika; Trovalla, Erik and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Urban Dynamics; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Urban Dynamics published in 2013
The photo exhibition ’Suprastructure’ was first displayed at Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala between 17 November 2012 and 5 March 2013. It was digitally published in March 2013 as part of a research project entitled ‘Infrastructure as Divination: Urban Life in the Postcolony,’ financed by the Swedish Research Council. The scholars behind the exhibition, Ulrika and Erik Trovalla, are researchers in cultural anthropology and ethnology. They are based at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, and Uppsala University. Drawing on their photographs from the million city Jos&#x...
Rainbows, pythons and waterfalls : heritage, poverty and sacrifice among the Busoga, Uganda
Book; book; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Oestigaard, Terje and Published By Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History; Uppsala published in 2019
Cultural and natural heritage is a fundamental part of society and crucial in any development process; yet because of the complexity, it has proved difficult to incorporate culture and tradition in actual policy practice. Here the rich heritage of the Busoga is explored, using the water cosmology at the Itanda Falls in Uganda, with a specific emphasis on a rainmaking ritual and sacrifice to the rain-god during a drought. While rainmaking rituals cannot mitigate climate change in the modern world, and while fewer and fewer people believe in the...
SADC – the southern arrested development community? : enduring challenges to peace and security in Southern Africa
Book; book; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Aeby, Michael and Published By University of Cape Town, Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa (IDCPPA), Cape Town, South Africa; Uppsala published in 2019
Southern Africa is likely to experience more social unrest in the foreseeable future. That is one of the conclusions in this policy dialogue, which provides an overview of political and economic developments relevant to regional peace and security in Southern Africa. While the region continues to experience isolated armed conflicts, and while developmental backlogs present a major risk to regional stability in the long run, currently the most acute source of instability stems from governance deficits, which in the past decade have prompted crises in many of...
The Sahel crisis and the need for international support
Book; book; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Bøås, Morten and Published By Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo, Norway; Uppsala published in 2019
The crisis in the Sahel is serious and multidimensional, and if it continues unabated it could have consequences far beyond the region. As the states of the region are too poor and weak to deal with this on their own, international support is needed. It is therefore a positive sign that the region of Sahel is higher on the international agenda than it has ever been. The challenge, however, is that current international approaches and interventions in the Sahel are more in line with short-term external priorities, such as stopping irregul...
Cocoa in post-conflict Liberia : the role of institutions for the development of inclusive agricultural markets
Book; book; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Eriksson Skoog, Gun and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Research Unit; Uppsala published in 2016
Liberia has a long history of non-inclusive development with dire consequences for its population, in terms of poverty and conflict. This research explores recent trends in the post-war Liberian cocoa market that suggest a possible break with the past. Structural changes in the cocoa market are found to have strengthened the bargaining power of smallholder farmers and increased their market participation on increasingly beneficial terms in a number of ways – such as a larger share of the world-market price and better access to inputs and services. The&...
Researching Africa : From individual efforts to structured programmes. The role of the Nordic Africa Institute
Book; book; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Ståhl, Michael and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala, Sweden published in 2012
The Nordic Africa Institute started on a modest scale back in 1962by 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. By coordinating coherent programmes spanning multiple researchers and several sub-topics NAI has helped to strengthen capacity among young academics in Nordic countries by providing travel grants for field research and an academic platform for communicating and discussing research findings. NAI h...
In pursuit of paradise : Senegalese women, muridism and migration
Book; book; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Evers Rosander, Eva and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala published in 2015
Muridism is a Sufi order which originated in Senegal, West Africa, at the end of the 19th century and is now in rapid expansion with the Senegalese emigrants around the world. Among the Murids the belief is strong that the founder Shaykh Amadou Bamba and his mother Mame Diarra Bousso can help them gain a better life on earth and entry into Paradise. The book gives an account of some Murid women the author has met in Senegal and on Tenerife. Their various paths of life are described with a focus on trade, religion and&...