Podcast by Fellesrådet for Afrika


  • Afrika Nå Why Is The Gulf So Interested In The Horn Of Africa?

    Afrika Nå Why Is The Gulf So Interested In The Horn Of Africa?

    18/02/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    The Gulf states are expanding their role in the Horn of Africa and broadening its ties to the region. The Emirates and Saudi Arabia helped broker the peace deal that ended the 20 year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the establishment of a new Red Sea security alliance is on the steps, the UAE has a military base in Eritrea and building another one in Somaliland, while Qatar and Turkey are refurbishing a port in Sudan. Why? Turmoil in the Middle East, growing rivalry about regional influence, piracy from Somalia and the war in Yemen have made Africa's Horn a core strategic interest for the Gulf states. Between 2000 and 2017 Gulf states invested $13bn in the Horn of Africa (Clingendael Institute). Closer relations across the Red Sea can improve intra-African relationship and cooperation with the Gulf states, but how can African states on the Horn resist unwarranted interferences in their internal policy decisions and ensure they get the best deal for themselves?

  • How do we understand African migration on the continent?

    How do we understand African migration on the continent?

    17/10/2019 Duração: 01h19min

    In 2017, the majority of international migrants resided in a country in their region of birth. The same is true for Africa. But how does African migration on the continent look like? What opportunities do migrants have in their home countries and what are the perceived opportunities in the host countries? How do migrants take on new identities in their host communities and navigate a new life in a new country? Even though African migrants contribute to both the local economy and the economy in their home countries by paying taxes, remittances etc, their situation can be challenging. Recently there has been another outbreak of xenophobic riots in parts of South Africa aimed at mainly black, African immigrants. What are the challenges being a migrant on the continent? And how do we understand the migration on the African continent?

  • Climate, conflict and urban migration in Africa

    Climate, conflict and urban migration in Africa

    17/10/2019 Duração: 57min

    Although Africa's contribution to greenhouse emissions globally is small, countries on the continent are among the most vulnerable to climate change, according to the UN panel on climate. They predict that millions of people will be affected by drought, floods, landslides and lack of water and food. What will this mean for the peace, stability, migration patterns and development on the continent? Migration is a significant contributor to urban growth and urbanization processes in African countries, as people migrate in search of social and economic opportunity and from climate change. What impact does migration have on urbanization and how is this further challenged by Africa's rapid population growth? What is the link between climate change, migration and urbanization in Africa's future?

  • South African Elections - Students and Politics

    South African Elections - Students and Politics

    05/06/2019 Duração: 01h24min

    The results from the general election held on the 8th of May in South Africa is clear. The ruling African National Congress is once again reelected, but they are weakened and the opposition is strengthened. The people are demanding a change. Corruption scandals and an unstable economy are key issues to address. How will ANC with president Cyril Ramaphosa utilize opportunities for the people in one of the most unequal countries in the world? Since 2015 the #feesmustfall student movement in South Africa has been in the frontier of demanding action from politicians, demonstrating for a public university that is free and accessible for everyone regardless of their economic ability to pay fees. The running parties for the general election all made an attempt to target their election campaigns towards the youth, seeking to collect their votes. How has this played out? What is the future for the people, the youth and students in South Africa?

  • Afrika Nå: United States of Africa?

    Afrika Nå: United States of Africa?

    31/05/2019 Duração: 01h26min

    On April 2nd 2019 The Gambia ratified the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, reaching the threshold of 22 countries needed to put the agreement into force. This agreement is a step towards the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which will be the largest free-trade area in the world. Is this heading towards Kwame Nkrumah's dream of a United States of Africa or is it a neoliberal project destined to fail? The AfCFTA will cover a market of 1.2 billion people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of USD 2.5 trillion. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa estimates that the agreement will boost intra-African trade by 52 percent by 2022. What are the pros and cons of such an agreement? Who benefits - and who is left out? What are the regional and global implications?

  • Swaziland: What is happening in Africas last absolute monarchy?

    Swaziland: What is happening in Africa's last absolute monarchy?

    13/05/2019 Duração: 01h19min

    Africa's last absolute monarchy ruled by King Mswati III since 1986 celebrates 51 years of independence this year. 38% of the population in Swaziland is living in extreme poverty (World Bank). The country has also continued to repress political dissent and disregard human rights and rule of law. What is going on in Swaziland? According to Human Rights Watch, political parties in the country have been banned since 1973 and the independence of the judiciary is severely compromised. What role do the civil society and the labour movement play in this regard? Is there a growing resistance within the country and what is the importance of the international community in amplifying the voices of democracy in Swaziland? N.B.: Swaziland is still the name largely used within the country. King Mswati decreed a name change to eSwatini during his birthday celebration in 2018, a decision that is currently being challenged in court due to being unconstitutional

  • The Making And Unmaking Of South Sudan - Book Launch

    The Making And Unmaking Of South Sudan - Book Launch

    09/05/2019 Duração: 01h29min

    “An important read... The still-unfolding tragedy of South Sudan is too little understood and too little known, even among foreign policy experts. Zach Vertin is a rare exception.” - JOHN KERRY 68th U.S. Secretary of State A Rope from the sky - The making and unmaking of the world's newest state is a book about South Sudan and how the new nation was plunged into chaos, shattering the promise of liberation and exposing the hubris of their foreign backers. A Rope from the Sky journeys inside an epic tale of paradise won and then lost. The author, Zach Vertin, is a writer, foreign policy analyst, and former diplomat. He served at the State Department during the administration of President Obama, and was closely involved in the South Sudan peace process. He also served as a Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group in the Horn of Africa and an advisor on UN operations and multilateral affairs in New York. Mr. Vertin is joined in conversation by Endre Stiansen, senior research and policy advisor at UNDP

  • Afrika Nå: Kvinners reproduktive rettigheter - hva er status?

    Afrika Nå: Kvinners reproduktive rettigheter - hva er status?

    26/04/2019 Duração: 01h17min

    I år er det 25 år siden den banebrytende Kairo-konferansen, som huskes best som konferansen der kvinners rolle ble satt i direkte sammenheng med befolkningsspørsmålet, og hvor seksuell og reproduktiv helse og rettigheter virkelig ble satt på agendaen. Et sentralt punkt var om abort skal tolkes som en komponent av reproduktiv helse og som en universell rettighet. Sterke ideologiske ulikheter splittet deltakernasjonene, og fortsetter å være splittende også i dag. Noe av det første Donald Trump gjorde som president var å gjeninnføre «global gag rule»; et forbud mot at amerikanske bistandspenger gis til organisasjoner som tilbyr eller gir informasjon om abort, eller arbeider politisk for å endre abortlovgivning. Hvilke fremskritt har vi sett innenfor kvinners seksuelle og reproduktive rettigheter på de 25 årene som har gått? Hvordan rammer Trumps "global gag rule" internasjonale organisasjoner som driver helseklinikker og informasjonsarbeid om reproduktiv helse? Og hva er konsekvensene for kvinner i utviklingsla

  • Hva kan vi lære av Libya-krigen?

    Hva kan vi lære av Libya-krigen?

    05/04/2019 Duração: 56min

    I 2011 besluttet den norske regjeringen i rekordfart, under ledelse av Jens Stoltenberg, å delta i militæroperasjonene i Libya. Under krigen slapp norske styrker 588 bomber over landet og operasjonen er den mest omfattende Norge har deltatt i siden andre verdenskrig. Mange spørsmål er blitt stilt vedrørende Norges rolle i krigen i ettertid, men hva kan vi lære av Libya-krigen? Libya-rapporten som kom i fjor har pekt på en rekke ting som vi kan dra lærdom av, selv om mange mente at rapportens mandat var for smalt. 27. mars behandler Utenriks- og forsvarskomiteen på Stortinget rapporten. Hva har vi lært?

  • Afrika Nå: Ethiopia - ethinic politics, reform and the road ahead

    Afrika Nå: Ethiopia - ethinic politics, reform and the road ahead

    29/03/2019 Duração: 01h23min

    Abiy Ahmed was the prime minister on everyone's lips from April 2018. In one year he has made peace with Eritrea, freed thousands of opposition prisoners, opened up to foreign investors, survived an assassination and a mutiny, appointed women as half of the government and the president and tackled corruption and human rights violations within the ruling party. However, Ethiopia is facing growing communal and ethnic tensions within the country and had the highest numbers of internally displaced people in the world in 2018. What role does ethnic politics have in this regard? Does practicing ethnic politics influence the process of democratizing the country? And is federalism in Ethiopia possible without ethnicity being involved?

  • KLUPOD: Sexual violence as a weapon in Zimbabwe

    KLUPOD: Sexual violence as a weapon in Zimbabwe

    25/03/2019 Duração: 14min

    KLUPOD is brought to you by the gender and equality group (KLU- Kjønn og Likestilling) at the Norwegian Council for Africa (Fellesrådet for Afrika) in Oslo. We work with activists and artists to create awareness about current topics affecting gender and equality, aiming to contribute to a more nuanced perception of the continent. Each podcast will focus on topics relevant to us and our work, where we invite a knowledgeable guest for a conversation. In this first episode KLU talks to Nyasha Vera about the accounts of sexual violence after the recent demonstrations in Zimbabwe against the rise in fuel prices in January.

  • Profitt for enhver pris?

    Profitt for enhver pris?

    20/03/2019 Duração: 01h28min

    Barnearbeid i koboltgruvene i Kongo. Tekstilarbeidere i Bangladesh som hver dag risikerer et nytt Rana Plaza. Urfolksrepresentanter i Guatemala som voldtas og drepes fordi de ikke vil overlate jorden sin til gruvedrift. Miljøforkjempere i Brasil som blir drept fordi de protesterer mot tvangsflytting, vannforurensing og avskoging. Disse eksemplene viser at vi trenger en menneskerettighetslov for næringslivet. I flere land innføres og diskuteres det nå menneskerettighetslovgivning for næringslivet, fordi man ser at frivillige standarder ikke er nok for å få næringslivsaktører til å respektere menneskerettigheter og miljø. Land som England, Nederland, Australia og Frankrike har allerede innført dette, og det pågår prosesser i Sveits, Tyskland og Finland. Nå er det på tide at norske myndigheter kommer på banen! Første del av seminaret foregår på engelsk.

  • Afrika Nå - Nigerian elections - now what?

    Afrika Nå - Nigerian elections - now what?

    05/03/2019 Duração: 01h38min

    Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, was set to vote in presidential and federal elections on 16 Februar. But the elections were postponed last minute to 23 February. The political landscape in Nigeria has changed the last decade, and there is an increasing democratic participation. However, violent conflicts, corruption and militant activists are still challenges for the country. Promises of less corruption and more security has characterized the election campaigns, but what will happen after? Two men in their 70s are contesting a Nigerian presidential election in which half the registered voters are aged between 18 and 35. Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari has been criticized for not managing to create enough jobs for the youth, and the former vice president turned rich business man, Atiku Abubakar, has been accused of being involved in corruption. Who is most able to lead Nigeria and overcome the challenges the country is facing?

  • Afrika Nå - Are Africans invisible in Norwegian policies?

    Afrika Nå - Are Africans invisible in Norwegian policies?

    31/01/2019 Duração: 01h34min

    The decade from 2015 to 2024 has been proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent by the UN. The UN advise all states to "Celebrate the launch of the International Decade at the national level, and develop national programmes of action and activities for the full and effective implementation of the Decade". However, in Norway, the state has not taken any initiative regarding the Decade, and they are not planning to. Why is the Decade not a priority for the government? Approximately 100 000 people living in Norway today are of African decent. What challenges do they experience growing up and living in the Norwegian society, and how does this influence their sense of identity? How has Norway historically treated people of African decent? And what is the way forward?

  • Zambias looming debt crisis - is China to blame?

    Zambia's looming debt crisis - is China to blame?

    24/01/2019 Duração: 01h34min

    Zambia only just over a decade ago had their debts written off by the IMF and the World Bank. However, the public debt in the country has increased significantly in the recent years, and concerns over a possible crisis have been aired. Some are blaming unsustainable Chinese loans and say that China is pursuing debt-trap diplomacy with the aim of taking over Zambia's strategic assets. Is China really the one to blame for the country's debt problems? And what role have IMF and the World Bank played in this regard? About 60 percent of the Zambian population live below the poverty line (, and yet President Lungu bought himself a luxury jet in October for the humble price of NOK 400 million. What is the consequences of the lack of transparency in the financial sector in Zambia? And how does this affect the daily life for ordinary Zambians?

  • Shadow Finance - Democratic Capitalism at Risk?

    Shadow Finance - Democratic Capitalism at Risk?

    04/12/2018 Duração: 01h12min

    Disguised corporations, fake foundations, trade misinvoicing, holes in financial regulation, secrecy jurisdictions - what effect does the shadow financial system have on democracy? Raymond Baker, director and founder of US think tank Global Financial Integrity, has spent many years in close vincity to US decision making processes regarding financial secrecy, and advised African governments on curbing illicit financial outflows. At this breakfast seminar, Baker reflects over the implications of financial secrecy on maintaining and fostering liberal democracies. Is democratic capitalism under threat in the 21st century? Light breakfast is served from 08:00, and Baker's presentation will be followed by comments from State secretary at the Ministry of foreign affairs Jens Frølich Holte (H) and Marianne Marthinsen, member of parliament (Ap) and currently writing a book on capital flight. This will be followed by an opening of the floor. Moderator is Kjetil Abildsnes, Senior Adviser, Economic Justice, Norwegian

  • Mozambiques debt crisis - who will pay the bill?

    Mozambique's debt crisis - who will pay the bill?

    04/12/2018 Duração: 01h39min

    Mozambique is at one of its most critical moments since the end of the civil war in 1992. The government has borrowed massively both internationally and domestically, and this includes three secret loans amounting to $2bn between 2013 and 2014. This has led to several major donors, like IMF and the World Bank, suspending aid, while the government is unable to repay the loans. This scandal has seriously damaged Mozambique's economy, which was already affected by the collapse in commodity prices. How did this happen? What is the situation in the country now? What is Norway's role and what are the implications for continued Norwegian activity in the country? And who is going to pay the bill?

  • Afrika Nå: A Long Walk To Press Freedom In Africa?

    Afrika Nå: A Long Walk To Press Freedom In Africa?

    25/10/2018 Duração: 01h27min

    Each year, Reporters Without Borders ranks countries according to the degree of freedom the media enjoys. The list for 2018 shows that press freedom varies considerably across Africa. While Ghana, Namibia and South Africa score high, countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia and Egypt are at the bottom. What is the situation for the free media on the African continent? And how do the challenges influence transparency, accountability and the rule of law? It's difficult to raise the issue of freedom of the media in Africa today without talking about the worrying trends in East Africa, particularly in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Restrictions, arrests, censorship and media taxes reveal the level of hostility towards the media and the shrinking civic space. At the same time Zimbabwe, Angola and Gambia has seen a positive development after the departure of their autocratic presidents. But how to ensure that this development will not be short-lived?

  • The Bobi Wine Effect - Whats Going On In Uganda?

    The Bobi Wine Effect - What's Going On In Uganda?

    24/10/2018 Duração: 01h37min

    President Museveni has been the president of Uganda since 1986. In a country where more than 75 percent of the population is below 35 years, many have never known any other president. Lately, many youth have voiced their support of artist and member of Parliament, Bobi Wine, as someone who could bring about real change. Some have compared the situation in the country to a pressure cooker waiting to explode. But how is the situation in Uganda? And is there a future without Museveni in sight? Bobi Wine and several other MPs were brutally arrested after a by-election in Arua in August this year and charged with treason. The reports of Wine and others being tortured while in police custody resulted in protests several places in Uganda and abroad. Why is the Ugandan government so scared of Bobi Wine?

  • Conversation Between OluTimehin Adegbeye and Aslak Sira Myhre

    Conversation Between OluTimehin Adegbeye and Aslak Sira Myhre

    25/09/2018 Duração: 01h21min

    Adegbeye and Sira Myhre in a conversation about literature, activism through literature, feminism, gender, religion and how it is to live and make a life as a young female author in Lagos, Nigeria. Adegbeye is an author, feminist and activist. She is a prominent figure among Nigerian and African feminists of her generation, and her writing has been published in a range of different languages. Adegbeye was one of the speakers at TED Lagos in 2017. Aslak Sira Myhre started as director for the House of Literature in Oslo in 2006. Since 2014 he has been the director of the National Library of Norway.

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