Welcome to NIAS

Founded in 2000, the National Institute for African Studies (NIAS) is a non-profit think tank that advocates public policy initiatives and education schemes, filling a gap in the global policy space by publicising voices from around the world. The Institute has grown into a research organisation with offices in the United Kingdom and Africa.

NIAS works with government agencies, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and private sector partners to provide innovative, sustainable and economic solutions across a broad spectrum of subjects. Our teams focus on a wide range of multidisciplinary issues providing professional inputs in spheres of academic, governmental, economic and public infrastructure agencies.

NIAS, through its world-class research bases, produces a wide range of high quality and impact outputs, including our flagship open-access journal, The Saharan,  that explores the dynamics between culture and development in Africa.

Our core values are centred around; equality, respect, freedom of thought, and professionalism, which we promote through our research and programmes. The researchers that deliver the NIAS programmes & initiatives are from all over the world and practice backgrounds.  They work within a variety of modern & innovative settings. They are guided by NIAS’ specialist Panel of Experts in their work towards building a platform for global change makers.

What change are you trying to champion in society?  How can we help?  Join us today.

Blog Articles

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By Nicole Torres, 10th August 2018 In the U.S., racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates of chronic disease, obesity, and premature
Timothy Williams The Horn of Africa is not only of interest to Western and key Asian powers, it has recently
By Salih Booker and Ari Rickman Beginning in 2035, the number of young people reaching working age in Africa will exceed that of
By Kirsty Fairclough, June 20, 2018 Anyone who is familiar with Beyoncé’s work knows that every outfit, song sample, visual reference and
James Wan The need for think tanks’ well-evidenced research is greater than ever today, but many are fighting – some to
Hartmut Winkler explains why he thinks nuclear power is not the solution to Africa's electricity shortage. The views expressed in
Activists argue that museums and universities should amplify the voices of the oppressed A FURORE erupted in Britain in April
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Muchazondida Mkono Social media platforms are providing Africans with an opportunity to counter negative stereotypes by giving them representational agency.
Sebuh Haileleul, Microsoft East Africa Country Manager. For years, Nairobi has been the cradle of technological innovation in Kenya, and the