CERTIZENS: Certifications of Citizenship in Africa

The CERTIZENS Project focuses on the logics, policies and practices of different regimes of citizen classification, certification and identification in selected African contexts, and their multi-layered effects both on processes of state making and of citizen making.

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With Ghana and Uganda as case countries, CERTIZENS addresses the multiple, inter-related dimensions of systems of citizenship certification by addressing four ‘arenas’ – international, national, intermediate and intimate – as follows. It examines so-called global policies promoting strategies and technologies linked to systems of identification and certification for development, and their articulation with national regimes of certification. It explores historical and contemporary forms and practices of national classification, identification and certification of differentiated citizens. It looks at various bureaucracies of certification and at state-citizen encounters within them, as well as at the changing materialities of ID documents (including shifts to digitalization) and their implications. And it goes in close to investigate the intimate, lived effects on differentiated citizens of these often hierarchical and highly uneven systems, processes and practices of certification and identification.

Investigating these relational arenas simultaneously in Ghana and Uganda facilitates important comparative analysis. However, given a global context in which the World Bank estimates one billion people are living without proof of identity – 50% of whom are on the African continent – CERTIZENS has theoretical, policy and practical relevance well beyond the African continent.

Read issues of the CERTIZENS Africa Newsletter here:

Issue 1 (June 2021) 

Issue 2 (September 2021) 

 

 

Amanda Hammar

Amanda Hammar

CERTIZENS Project Leader
Professor
Centre of African Studies
University of Copenhagen

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Godfrey Asiimwe 

CERTIZENS Uganda Project Coordinator 
Associate Professor
Department of Development Studies
Makerere University 
 
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Kojo Opoku Aidoo  

CERTIZENS Ghana Project Coordinator 
Senior Research Fellow 
Institute of African Studies
University of Ghana 
Toke Wolf
Toke Møldrup Wolff

CERTIZENS Project Researcher
Assistant Professor
Centre of African Studies
University of Copenhagen
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Amanda Wendel Malm

CERTIZENS Project
PhD Researcher 
Centre of African Studies
University of Copenhagen

Isaac Owusu

Isaac Owusu Nsiah 

CERTIZENS Ghana
PhD Researcher
Institute of African Studies
University of Ghana

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Milcah Abasabyona 

CERTIZENS Uganda
PhD Researcher
Department of Development Studies
Makerere University

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Martin Buhamizo 

CERTIZENS Uganda
PhD Researcher
Department of Development Studies
Makerere University

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Agnes Doe Agbanyo 

CERTIZENS Ghana
PhD Researcher
Institute of African Studies
University of Ghana

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Alice Troy-Donovan  

CERTIZENS Project 
Student Assistant 
Centre of African Studies
University of Copenhagen 

 

 

 

CERTIZENS is a four-year research project (2020-2024) funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Danida, and administered by the Danish Fellowship Centre (DFC).

Co-funding is provided by the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen.

In-kind support is provided by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda.

 

 

Contact

Email: aha@teol.ku.dk
Mobile: +45 24215598

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