The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.
Please note that the ASCL and its library will be closed on Friday 5 May (Liberation Day).
Het Nederlandse buitenlandse beleid heeft de laatste jaren ingezet op ‘economische diplomatie’. Daarmee lijkt een stap gezet te zijn in de richting van diplomatie waarbij het Nederlandse economische belang meer centraal staat. Maar welke belangen zijn dat dan? Een preciezere framing van het beleid is gewenst, schrijven Ton Dietz (ASCL) en Rob van Tulder (Partnerships Resource Centre, Erasmus Universiteit), van economische diplomatie waarbij het er niet toe doet welke handelsstromen op gang worden gebracht, naar duurzame diplomatie, ofwel ‘diplomatie van duurzame ontwikkeling’, waarbij veel meer wordt nagedacht over de kwaliteit, de doelstelling en de lange termijn invulling van deze relaties.
Urbanization in Africa is picking up. Land prices are skyrocketing to international levels. The profits are mostly ending up in the pockets of speculators. This process raises urgent questions about land-use planning, governance, speculation and administrative responsibility and law enforcement in the outskirts of Africa’s major cities. In the Nairobi periphery, there is not only competition over land but also over water, and the air pollution is increasing. Now, who have painted the red crosses on the land-for-sale billboards in Nairobi’s suburbs? Read Marcel Rutten's latest blog post!
In November 2014 the ASCL published a thematic map about Africa’s ‘no-go areas’. It was a contribution to a debate among Dutch universities about preventing their students and staff from going to Africa. It was the era of Ebola and of growing anxiety about the risks of being kidnapped. This new thematic map shows what has changed in Africa between late 2014 and early 2017. Clearly, the no-go areas in Africa have increased.
Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald has been appointed as the new director of the African Studies Centre Leiden from 1 September 2017, for a period of five years. Prof. Gewald will be the successor of Prof. Dr Ton Dietz, who will retire in September 2017. Jan-Bart Gewald has lived in Botswana, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ghana, Namibia, Niger, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He joined the ASC in Leiden as a researcher in 2003 and became Professor in the History of Southern Africa in 2013.
To coincide with the international NVAS Conference Education for Life in Africa, 19-20 May in The Hague, the ASCL has published a thematic map together with ICLON (Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching) about education in Africa, its recent dynamics and the current situation. The map gives an overview of primary, secondary and tertiary enrolment rates in 1990 and 2012, broken down by gender.
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