Africa-related resources in the Netherlands
In this section you will find a selection of links to resources for African Studies in the Netherlands. Resources that fall outside the scope of the collection profile of the ASC library, which focuses mainly on the social sciences in Africa, are not listed.
Africans in The Netherlands
The Africaserver brings together information from and about Africa and lists activities in the Netherlands related to Africa. Not all pages are kept up-to-date.
The Africa Directory
(latest edition February 2002) This assists with locating African expertise and African entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. The focus is mainly on Africans from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dutch African Collections
The Africa Centre
The museum in Cadier en Keer has a collection of special works of African art that was put together by the Fathers of the Society of African Missions. Temporary exhibitions show modern art from the whole of Africa. In the library collection, there is special emphasis on culture and religion. The catalogue is available online.
The Africa Museum
The Africa Museum in Berg en Dal includes an indoor museum with an extensive collection and an outdoor museum with a strong educational and recreational character. It also has a special collection of modern African art. There is an online catalogue (in Dutch and German) of the museum’s collection and the database is still being developed.
The African Studies Centre in Leiden is the only resource and documentation centre in the Netherlands solely devoted to the study of Africa. The Library, Documentation and Information (LDI) Department of the ASC operates one of the largest specialized Africana libraries and documentation centres in the world, including books, journals, reports, journal articles and chapters from edited works (with abstracts) on North and Sub-Saharan Africa. You can consult the catalogue via the web OPC or visit the library which is open to the public.
ISS (Institute for Social Studies)
“The ISS is an international institute of higher education on social and economic change with a focus on development processes. It was founded 50 years ago by the Dutch universities to assist in the training and further education of professionals, especially from developing countries.” The library catalogue is available online http://opc-prd.ubib.eur.nl:8080/LNG=EN/DB=3/
The full text of many recent ISS Working Papers is available online http://repub.eur.nl/res/col/9760/
KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)
KIT’s library and information services offer one of the world’s largest collections of scientific and popular books, periodicals, articles and maps concerning developing countries. There are four themes for which special information products are compiled, such as CD-ROMs, databases and resource books. These themes are:
- Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Gender and Women
- Agriculture and the Environment.
LUCIS (Leiden University Centre for the study of Islam and Society)
The Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) has been installed by Leiden University as a platform for cooperation between researchers from different faculties of Leiden University who engage in the study of Islam and Muslim communities. LUCIS focuses geographically on North Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia and on Muslim communities in the Netherlands and the Western world in general.
South Africa House
The South Africa House houses the Netherlands-South African Society (NZAV), the South African Institute (SAI) and the Study Fund Foundation for South African Students. The SAI manages a library with a unique collection of South African literature. The online catalogue can be searched for documents, photos and information on authors.
Dutch Africanist Research and Researchers
Connecting-Africa provides access to African research information and materials produced in the Netherlands.
NVAS (Netherlands African Studies Association)
The Netherlands African Studies Association provides a scientific forum for Africanists working in the Netherlands. It promotes and coordinates the study of the social sciences on Africa by maintaining close links with universities and research institutes. It is multidisciplinary in composition. There is an NVAS newsletter (in Dutch).
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
This site provides general information about the Netherlands, Dutch foreign policy and development cooperation, and Dutch and European cooperation.
For Dutch embassies abroad and foreign embassies in the Netherlands:
Online newsletter in Dutch
Nuffic (Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education
Nuffic is a non-profit, professional organization that aims to make education more accessible all over the world, especially in countries where the educational infrastructure is below average. Services include diploma evaluation in the Netherlands.
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