Research projects

Most of the ASCL’s research projects fall within one of the four themes of its current Research Programme Africa and Global Restructuring (2012-2016). Projects are either funded by the ASCL or externally funded. Take a look at the full project list below.

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A History of Nigerian organized crime

Keywords: crime ; politics

Countries, location: Nigeria

Status:
Completed

A multi-media documentation of the Oyda Language

Keywords: language documentation, DoBeS projects, endangered languages, Omotic studies

Countries, location: Ethiopia

Researchers: Azeb Amha

Cooperation:

In cooperation with Dr. Bernhard Köhler (Institut für Afrikanische Sprachwissenschaften, Johann  Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main).


Funding:

The DoBeS programme of the Volkswagen Stiftung, Germany.


Status:
Ongoing

Africa’s food and nutrition security: 2010-2050

Keywords: food basket ; population ; hunger ; undernutrition ; overnutrition ; agriculture ; access ; distribution ; food prices ; income ; economic value ; scenario studies ; water ; environment ; private sector ; gender ; food policy


Status:
Ongoing

Being young in times of duress in the Central African Republic

Keywords: childhood, youth, chronic insecurity, violence, reintegration, biographic narratives

Countries, location: Central African Republic, Chad

Cooperation:

Département d’Anthropologie, Université de Bangui


External affiliates: Dr Jean Bruno Ngouflo, Département d’anthropologie de l’Université de Bangui, Crépin Marius Mouguia


Status:
Ongoing

Breaking down barriers to exclusion. Building capacity for lobby and advocacy for children with disabilities

Researchers: Willem Elbers

Cooperation:

Liliane Foundation.


Funding:

Liliane Foundation.


Status:
Ongoing

CoCooN Initiative Kenya Programme – ‘Land grab’ and dwindling water resources: reconciling competing claims and conflicts over natural resources in Africa’s dry lands, specifically Kenya

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

External affiliates: Moses Mwangi, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU)

Status:
Ongoing

Community based health insurance and the well-being of children and households in Plan communities in Togo

Keywords: Health insurance ; reproductive health ; children

Countries, location: Togo


Funding:

Plan Nederland
Plan Togo


Status:
Ongoing

Community-based health insurance in Ethiopia

Keywords: health insurance ; reproductive health ; health shocks

Countries, location: Ethiopia

Researchers: Marleen Dekker

External affiliates: Arjun Bedi (ISS), Zelalem Debebe (ISS), Anagaw Mebratie (ISS), Robert Sparrow (WUR), Getnet Alemu (Addis Ababa University)

Funding:

NWO Health Systems


Status:
Completed

Connecting in times of duress: understanding communication and conflict in Middle Africa’s mobile margins

Keywords: new communication and information technology ; conflict ; connections ; africa ; historical ethnography

Countries, location: Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic

Researchers: Mirjam de Bruijn

PhD Affiliates: Adamou Amadou, Inge Butter

External affiliates: Leonie Meester

Funding:

WOTRO


Status:
Ongoing

Consortium for Development Partnerships

Researchers: Mirjam de Bruijn

Status:
Ongoing

Coping with economic crisis in Zimbabwe

Keywords: economic crisis ; social networks ; livelihoods

Countries, location: Zimbabwe

Researchers: Marleen Dekker

Status:
Ongoing

CORPAFROAS: Corpus Orale en Langues Afroasiatiques, Analyse Prosodique et Morphosyntaxique

Keywords: Linguistic Copora, Afroasiatic, Wolaitta, Omotic, Morphosyntax

Countries, location: Ethiopia

Researchers: Azeb Amha

Status:
Ongoing

CorTypo: Designing spoken corpora for cross-linguistic research

Keywords: Linguistic Copora, Afroasiatic, Wolaitta, Omotic

Countries, location: Ethiopia

Researchers: Azeb Amha

Status:
Ongoing

Developmental dilemmas and political culture in Ethiopia and the Horn: local refractions of state policies

Keywords: developmentalism; state politics; economic policy; human rights; local political culture; donor policy dilemmas; resistance

Countries, location: Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti

Researchers: Jan Abbink

External affiliates: Alexander Meckelburg (Hamburg University, co-supervised), Anwar Seid (ResMA)

Funding:

African Studies Centre Leiden, Netherlands


Status:
Ongoing

EAB - East African borders

Countries, location: East Africa

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

ECOTAF - ecotourism in Africa

Countries, location: Kenya, Tanzania

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

ELKEN - elections in Kenya

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

Ethnographic Study on Mobile Money in Africa

Keywords: Mobile money, financial inclusion, unbanked, technology, mobility, connectivity, economic growth, development, bottom of the pyramid, Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Mobile Financial Services (MFS)


Researchers: Mirjam de Bruijn, Iva Peša

PhD Affiliates: Inge Butter

Cooperation:

SAIPAR, LARTES-IFAN


External affiliates: Senegal (LARTES-IFAN): Prof. Abdou Salam Fall (Principal investigator/Team leader), Moustapha Seye (Assistant co-ordinator), Khadidiatou Diagne, Mame Diarra Boussou Ndiaye , Zambia (SAIPAR): Dr. Marja Hinfelaar (Team leader), Caesar Cheelo, Edna Kabala-Litana , Congo DRC: Dr. Sylvie Ayimpang (Team leader), Dr. Olivier Kahola Tabu, Cameroon: Dr. Walter Gam Nkwi (Team leader), Emmanuel Ngang

Funding:

International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) & MasterCard Foundation.


Status:
Ongoing

Evolving relations between religion and politics in the Horn of Africa: media use and public identity discourse of religious communities/elites in Northeast Africa

Keywords: religious relations; polemics; communal tension; public sphere; the politics of religion

Countries, location: Ethiopia, Somalia

Researchers: Jan Abbink

Funding:

ASC


Status:
Ongoing

FADRO – famine and drought planning among Maasai pastoralists

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

From the land of ‘milk and honey’ to ‘permanent famine’: a socio-political history of Western Zambia 1940-1972

Keywords: regional atonomy; secessionism; nationalism

Countries, location: Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana

Researchers: Jan-Bart Gewald

External affiliates: Iva Pesa, Mary Davies, Enid Guene

Status:
Ongoing

Frugal innovations in Africa

Keywords: frugal innovation ; economic growth ; development ; bottom of the pyramid ; private sector ; multinationals ; technology

Researchers: André Leliveld, Iva Peša

Cooperation:

Cees van Beers (TU Delft); Peter Knorringa (ISS/EUR)


Funding:

Seed money from Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Status:
Ongoing

Grounding land governance

Keywords: land governance ; post-conflict situations ; decentralization ; land tenure ; IDPs ; institutions

Countries, location: South Sudan, Burundi, Uganda



External affiliates: Mathijs van Leeuwen

Funding:

WOTRO


Status:
Ongoing

Household efficiency and polygamy in rural Nigeria

Keywords: Polygamy, Intra-household collaboration, Nigeria, Behavioral experiment

Countries, location: Nigeria

Researchers: Marleen Dekker

Cooperation:

VU University Amsterdam, the University of East Anglia and the University of Nottingham.


Funding:

ASC
Amsterdam Institute for International Development
Nottingham School of Economics
University of East Anglia


Status:
Ongoing

Initiating and sustaining developmental regimes in Africa

Keywords: Subsaharan Africa; Asia; development; research

Countries, location: Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria

Researchers: Ton Dietz, André Leliveld

Cooperation:

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) [et al.]


External affiliates: David Henley (Leiden University), David Booth (APPP/ODI Research Fellow), Tim Kelsall (APPP Senior Researcher)

Funding:

Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Status:
Ongoing

IS Academy



Cooperation:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs


External affiliates: Matthias Olthaar (RUG)

Status:
Completed

Islam in colonial and postcolonial Mali

Keywords: religion ; islam ; history

Countries, location: Mali

Researchers: Benjamin Soares

Status:
Ongoing

Islam, politics and society in Senegal

Keywords: Islam ; politics

Countries, location: Senegal

Researchers: Mayke Kaag, Benjamin Soares

Funding:

IRP


Status:
Ongoing

Kenya Coast Portal

Keywords: anthropology ; economics ; education ; geography ; health ; history ; languages ; law ; political science ; religion ; sociology

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Jan Hoorweg

Status:
Ongoing

Long-term transformations in recent African history: Niger in the 1970s and 1980s

Keywords: rethinking historical periodisation ; transforming political economy ; military ; changing relation with former metropole

Countries, location: Niger

Researchers: Klaas van Walraven

Status:
Ongoing

MAALAND - Maasai pastoralism losing ground

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

MADIS - Maasai and disability

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

MINA - migration to Nairobi by Maasai pastoralists

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

Mobile Africa revisited, communication, marginality and society in West, Central and Southern Africa

Keywords: mobility ; marginality ; information and communication technology ; identity ; inequality

Countries, location: Chad, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Angola, Namibia, South Africa



External affiliates: Francis Nyamnjoh (UCT), Imke Gooskens (UCT), Leonie Meester, Mayke Lolkema

Funding:

NWO Wotro
SANPAD (coordinated in UCT)


Status:
Ongoing

Mobility, networks and institutions in the management of natural resources in contemporary Africa (phase 2)

Keywords: mobility ; resources ; South ; African elites

Countries, location: Cameroon, Tanzania, Namibia

Researchers: Mirjam de Bruijn

External affiliates: Christopher Tankou (CML), Sara de Wit, Emmanuel Ngang

Funding:

Volkswagen Stiftung


Status:
Ongoing

Muslim Africa’s global connections

Keywords: Islam ; global interconnections

Countries, location: Northern Africa

Researchers: Mayke Kaag, Benjamin Soares

Status:
in planning

New Muslim public figures and changing Muslim socialities in Africa

Keywords: Islam ; politics ; social theory

Researchers: Benjamin Soares

Status:
Ongoing

New religious engagements with relationships, sexuality and health in Africa: the case of Botswana

Keywords: religion ; pentecostalism ; middle classes ; relationships ; marriage ; sexuality ; health

Countries, location: Botswana

Researchers: Rijk van Dijk


External affiliates: Henrike Hoogenraad, Thandi Soko

Status:
Ongoing

New topographies of power? Africa negotiating an emerging multipolar world

Keywords: transnational linkages ; economic networks ; natural resources ; migration

Countries, location: Senegal, Chad, Mali, Guinea

Researchers: Mayke Kaag

Status:
Ongoing

PADev, participatory assessment of development: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya

Keywords: Ghana ; Burkina Faso ; Kenya

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Ton Dietz

Cooperation:

University of Amsterdam Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam research partners in Burkina Faso and Ghana


Funding:

ICCO Woord en Daad Prisma


Status:
Completed

Post-Apartheid South Africa: trajectories of the transition

Keywords: identity ; social networks ; social structure ; South Africa ; youth

Countries, location: South Africa

Researchers: Ineke van Kessel

Status:
Ongoing

Recovering Wolaitta: an historical ethnography of identity and change in rural Ethiopia

Keywords: livelihoods; historical identity; ethnic relations and conflict; state rural policy; development aid

Countries, location: Ethiopia

Researchers: Jan Abbink

Cooperation:

Centre Français d’Études Ethiopiennes, Addis Ababa


Funding:

ASC


Status:
Ongoing

Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History

Keywords: Dagomba, Gonja, regional history, migration history, social history, state formation, conflict, colonial society, post-colonial society, culture, heritage

Countries, location: Ghana

Researchers: Michel Doortmont


Cooperation:

- Leiden University
- Institute of African Studies & Department of History, University of Ghana at Legon
- Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, University for Development Studies, Tamale/Wa, Ghana

Associate partners in the project:
- Institute Globalisation Studies Groningen, University of Groningen 
- Department of International Relations and International Organisation, University of Groningen

Project co-coordinators for the Ghanaian partners:
- Dr. Samuel Ntewusu, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
- Dr. Felix Longi, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, University for Development Studies in Tamale and Wa, Ghana
 


Funding:

African Tiger Holding Ltd.

Society, labour, technology and consumption: the establishment of colonial rule in Northern Rhodesia, 1890-1924.

Keywords: technology; colonial rule; consumption

Countries, location: Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo

Researchers: Jan-Bart Gewald

External affiliates: Iva Pesa, Mary Davies

Funding:

NWO Vidi 2006 - 2011


Status:
Ongoing

SWIP: shallow wells improvement project

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

TD ASILI -Tracking development history of Kenya

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Status:
Ongoing

The Black Dutchmen: African soldiers in the Dutch East Indies

Keywords: diasporas ; Ghana ; identity ; Netherlands ; slave trade

Countries, location: Ghana

Researchers: Ineke van Kessel

Status:
Completed

The enduring legacy of German colonial rule and the League of Nations mandate in the borderlands of contemporary Africa

Keywords: German colonialism ; League of Nations mandate ; contemporary Africa


Researchers: Jan-Bart Gewald

Funding:

European Science Foundation


Status:
Ongoing

The Fulani in the Sahel: Caught between the Hammer of Muslim Extremism and the Anvil of the State (Mali, Nigeria)

Keywords: Fulani, nomads, pastoralists, political participation, jihadism, conflict, resistance, ICT's, criminal networks

Countries, location: Mali, Nigeria, Sahel


Cooperation:

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan (CEPACS), Nigeria
Groupe Observation des Dynamiques Sociales Spatiales et Expertise Endogène (ODYSSEE), Mali
Institute de Recherche et de Promotion des Alternatives de Développement en Afrique (IRPAD/AFRIQUE), Mali

Foreign staff involved 
Prof Oka Obono (CEPACS: University of Ibadan)
Mamadou Goita (IRPAD-Afrique)
Amagoin Keita (groupe ODYSSEE)
Boukary Sangaré (ODYSSEE)

 


Funding:

NWO-WOTRO: programme ‘Security and the Rule of Law’


Status:
Ongoing

The governance of ‘ungoverned spaces’

Keywords: governance ; conflict ; state formation

Countries, location: South Sudan, Sahel

Researchers: Han van Dijk

Status:
Ongoing

The history of the African National Congress in Exile, 1960-1990

Keywords: history ; ANC ; liberation movements.

Countries, location: South Africa

Researchers: Stephen Ellis

Status:
Ongoing

The long-term impact of violence and climate variability on food security

Keywords: Climate variability ; violence ; food security ; food production ; land tenure, anthropometrics

Countries, location: Chad


Status:
Ongoing

Tracking Development

Keywords: Subsaharan Africa; Asia; development; research

Countries, location: Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria


Cooperation:

Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies [et al.]


Funding:

Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Status:
Ongoing

Transnational Islamic NGOs in Africa

Keywords: Transnational linkages ; Islam ; Arab World ; religion and development

Countries, location: Chad, Senegal

Researchers: Mayke Kaag

Status:
Ongoing

Two Modal Categories in Omotic: the declarative and interrogative

Keywords: Modality, questioning forms, interrogative, declarative, Omotic studies

Countries, location: Ethiopia

Researchers: Azeb Amha

Funding:

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


Status:
Ongoing

Water-sector reforms and interventions in urban Kenya: their Impact on the livelihoods of the poor

Keywords: urban water supply ; urban poverty ; urban livelihood ; political economy

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Dick Foeken

Cooperation:

University of Nairobi, Department of Geography (Dr. Samuel O. Owuor)


Funding:

ASC


Status:
Ongoing