Municipal Democracy and Local Development in Mozambique

The Forum for Africa Studies is engaged in the collaborative research programme Strengthening Municipal Democracy and Local Development: Social Sciences Research on Governance, Decentralization and Development. It aims to strengthen research anthropological and sociological research capacity at University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Mozambique. The programme is part of the Sweden-Mozambique bilateral research and research training Collaboration funded by Sida.

Three sandwich PhD students will be trained at Uppsala University, and three will be local PhDs will be trained at UEM. In addition, work will involve strengthening research environment, including the Virtual Seminar, regular study visits, workshops and the organisation of an international conference in 2022.

So far, two PhD students were recruited starting from January 2019: Book Sambo and Paulo Mahumane.

In May 2019, the dead of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the UEM led a delegation visiting Uppsala University in order to learn how PhD programmes are run at the Faculty of Arts at UU.


Fernando Manjate is PhD Student in Cultural Anthropology, working on a Thesis on Inheritance and Succession Practices, and Sociopolitical Stakes in Marracuene in Southern Mozambique. PhD Defense will take place on 6 May 2022. More info, click on the image.


PhD-Candidate Book Sambo focuses his research on the informal sector actors in political participation in Beira, Mozambique


PhD-Candidate Paulo Mahumane focuses his research on Governance and Health Provision in the Mining Context of Moatize, Mozambique.


Virtual Seminar IRL



The Second UU/UEM Virutal Seminar in Africa Studies took place on 27/5. Some 30 persons attended.


A Delegation from UEM visited Uppsala in May 2019: Dr Orlando Nipassa, Prof. Cláudio Mungoi, Prof. Kerstin Rydbeck, Prof. Sten Hagberg, and Dr. Elísio Jossias.


UEM Delegation visits Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History.


Sten Hagberg welcomes the UEM delegation to Uppsala University


Åsa Lund Moberg showed the UEM delegation the library of the Nordic Africa Institute, in company with Director Iina Soiri.


UEM Central Library


Sten Hagberg and Carla Braga - Coordinators of the Programme - in the Aula Magna at UEM. Next to the Coordinators are Esmeralda Mariano and Orlando Nipassa