Research projects

Most of the ASCL’s research projects fall within one of the four themes of the current Research Programme Africa and Global Restructuring. Projects are either funded by the ASCL or externally funded. See a list of the current research projects below, or visit the archive of completed projects.

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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.

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

Researchers: Mirjam de Bruijn

Cooperation:

Département d’Anthropologie, Université de Bangui


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

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

Researchers: Willem Elbers

Cooperation:

Liliane Foundation.


Funding:

Liliane Foundation.

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)

Consortium for Development Partnerships

Researchers: Mirjam de Bruijn

CorTypo: Designing spoken corpora for cross-linguistic research

Keywords: Linguistic Copora, Afroasiatic, Wolaitta, Omotic

Countries, location: Ethiopia

Researchers: Azeb Amha

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

Funding:

African Studies Centre Leiden, Netherlands

EAB - East African borders

Countries, location: East Africa

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

ECOTAF - ecotourism in Africa

Countries, location: Kenya, Tanzania

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

ELKEN - elections in Kenya

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

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

FADRO – famine and drought planning among Maasai pastoralists

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

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.

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

Kenya Coast Portal

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

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Jan Hoorweg

MAALAND - Maasai pastoralism losing ground

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

MADIS - Maasai and disability

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

MINA - migration to Nairobi by Maasai pastoralists

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

Muslim Africa’s global connections

Keywords: Islam ; global interconnections

Countries, location: Northern Africa

Researchers: Mayke Kaag

Navigating collaboration and confrontation: success factors and constraints for CSOs in negotiation inclusion in land deals in Kenya, in the context of increased private sector importance

Keywords: Civil society organisations, advocacy, inclusive development, land deals

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marleen Dekker

Cooperation:

Radboud University Nijmegen

Moi University, Eldoret (Kenya)

ActionAid Netherlands

ActionAid Kenya


Funding:

NWO-WOTRO Assumptions Programme

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

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

Nomads facing change: political mobilisation among Sahelian pastoralists

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

Countries, location: Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Sahel


Cooperation:

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 
Oumarou Adamou (Laboratoire d’études et recherches sur les dynamiques sociales et le développement local)
Mamadou Goita (IRPAD-Afrique)
Amagoin Keita (groupe ODYSSEE)
Boukary Sangaré (ODYSSEE)

 


Funding:

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

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


Funding:

African Tiger Holding Ltd.

SWIP: shallow wells improvement project

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

TD ASILI -Tracking development history of Kenya

Countries, location: Kenya

Researchers: Marcel Rutten

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

External affiliates: Dr Samuel Ntewusu

Funding:

European Science Foundation

Three decades of rural change: experiences and outcomes of Zimbabwe's Land Reform Programme

Keywords: land reform, rural households, welfare, healthcare

Countries, location: Zimbabwe

Researchers: Marleen Dekker

Cooperation:

Prof. Bill Kinsey


Funding:

NWO travel grant

African Studies Centre Leiden

Transnational Islamic NGOs in Africa

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

Countries, location: Chad, Senegal

Researchers: Mayke Kaag

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

External affiliates: Dr Samuel O. Owuor, University of Nairobi, Department of Geography

Funding:

ASC