Welcome to National Institute for African Studies (NIAS).
NIAS is a UK based think tank. We have set ourselves the goal of providing practical and thought leadership towards finding lasting solutions to the challenge of creating sustainable livelihoods for the masses.
Our contribution is anchored on the premise that creating enabling environments and incentives for people to trade their way out of poverty is the best way to end intergenerational transfers of poverty within communities in the UK and in Africa.
While market access is certainly important for absolute poverty elimination, research shows that market access in and of itself does not automatically lead to sustainable livelihood for the poor. Entrepreneurship and appropriate education policies/programmes must be supported.
NIAS is committed to adding value by engaging in quality research, policy reflections and the building of a coalition to support this worthwhile cause.