Uppsala, Sweden

50th anniversary conference 'Fifty years with Africa in focus' : Panel discussion following the presentation of the anniversary publication “Researching Africa”

Upphovspersoner: Sall, Ebrima | Teppo, Annika | Cheru, Fantu
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Urban Dynamics | Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | CODESRIA | Uppsala, Sweden
År: 2012
Ämnesord: anniversary conference, panel discussion, Teppo, Cheru, Sall, research, Africa
Filmed during the 50th anniversary conference 'Fifty years with Africa in focus', 12 October 2012 in Uppsala, Sweden. 44 min. 40 sek.

50th anniversary conference 'Fifty years with Africa in focus' : Panel discussion: The Future Challenges for Africa and the Role of Research

Upphovspersoner: Olukoshi, Adebayo | Ndinga-Muvumba, Angela | Massad, Joseph | Houghton, Irungu
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | IDEP | Colombia University | Oxfam | Uppsala, Sweden
År: 2012
Ämnesord: anniversary conference, Africa, research, panel discussion
Filmed during the 50th anniversary conference 'Fifty years with Africa in focus', 12 October 2012 in Uppsala, Sweden. Part 1: 59 min. 16 sek. Part 2: 25 min. 35 sek.

Favouring a Demonised Plant : Khat and Ethiopian smallholder enterprises

Upphovsperson: Gessesse, Dessie
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Agrarian Change, Property and Resources | Uppsala, Sweden
År: 2013
Ämnesord: Ethiopia, Plant production, Drugs of abuse, Khat, Commercial farming, Small farms, Smallholders, Income, Livelihood
Khat is a plant native to Ethiopia that has been consumed over several centuries as a mental and physical stimulant. This report outlines khat’s role as a source of livelihood. Khat, dubbed a social ill by many, is at the same time part and parcel of the livelihoods of many others. With consumption of the stimulant spreading to many parts of Africa, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, khat production has become a controversial global issue. In most European and North American countries khat is illegal. The debates so far focus on the consumption of khat and its allegedly harmful health ,economic and social effects. The argument here is that expanded khat production, driven by growing demand for the stimulant, is made possible through multidimensional links between producers, sellers and others. Today, khat production is part of the wider agro-silvi-pasture complex that characterises Ethiopian rural landscapes. At the farm level, khat shares space with food and tree crops and contributes cash to the household economy. The fact that its production is a smallholder venture andis expanding through a variety of farming systems indicates its importance to cultivators and their use of land. This paper is not exhaustive, but makes an exploratory attempt to highlight khat-related livelihood issues and seeks to contribute to the ongoing debates on the stimulant and to prompt further research.

Researching Africa : From individual efforts to structured programmes. The role of the Nordic Africa Institute

Upphovsperson: Ståhl, Michael
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Uppsala, Sweden
År: 2012
Ämnesord: Research centres, Research programmes, Research networks, Development research, SOCIAL SCIENCES
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 has thus been a key catalyst in social science research on Africa. In this publication, Michael Ståhl contextualises, reviews and reflects on five innovative research programmes undertaken at NAI from the late 1980s into the 1990s. Through these thematic, collaborative programmes, NAI complemented its already established support for individual academic projects. In order to place the five programmes in larger context, brief accounts of the earlier research support provided by NAI are given as is an overview of the subsequent research profile and administration of NAI up to 2012.Michael Ståhl has had a lifelong academic and professional career in development issues. His research experience has been in rural development in Africa. He has held senior positions at universities and in the Swedish development cooperation community. From 2002 to 2010, he was the director of the International Foundation for Science.