Department of Social Anthropology

The Sudan-Norway Academic Cooperation (SNAC)

UiB’s collaboration with UoK in Sudan started in 1963 and is one of UiB's most long-lasting international collaborations. This project is a continuation of a long-term collaboration between Sudanese and Norwegian academic institutions. We aim to contribute to high quality research and policy development on current challenges facing Sudan

60 years of Sudan-Bergen collaboration

In this video (filmed and edited by Rolf Scott) Gunnar and Randi Håland, Frode Storaas, Leif Manger, Munzoul Assal, Gunnar Sørbø, and chaired by Synnøve Bendixsen discusses the initiation and history of that collaboration. The conversation was organized at the Department of Social anthropology 8 March 2023 when the Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum visited the department.
Rolf Scott

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Project Objectives

In the SNAC project, we have a particular focus on enabling academic institutions to play a vital role in addressing the challenges currently facing Sudan. The country is now in a precarious political state and deep economic crisis. To get the transition to democracy back on track it is more important than ever that Sudanese scholars in Sudan are equipped to actively participate in the national and international academic and policy discourses about their own country. We aim to bring their voices to the forefront of the policy discourse.

We will do this by conducting high-quality collaborative research, co-design training courses, co-supervise students and co-publish on current challenges facing Sudan. The overall goal is to enable academic institutions to play a vital role in addressing these challenges.

The current challenges tackled in the project are:

  1. Climate change and food security
  2. Gender, peace, and security
  3. Migration, borderland dynamics and refugees
  4. Peace, democracy and the role of youth.


Our approach is based on principles of mutual learning and knowledge exchanges between Norway and Sudan and within and among academic institutions in Sudan.

SNAC aims to:

  1. Increase research expertise
  2. Conduct more and higher-quality collaborative research on Sudan and
  3. Strengthen partnerships and dialogue with key stakeholders through evidence-based and targeted communication.

Throughout all activities the project targets university staff in marginalized areas (regional universities) and groups (women and youth) in Sudan. We choose this approach because historical processes of disempowerment have marginalized these groups to a greater extent. This is reflected in the underrepresentation of these groups in national and international academic discourses, publishing outlets and policy forums on Sudan. Indeed, the inclusion of regional perspectives, and the viewpoint of women and youth who often find themselves outside of existing power structures, is key to a fruitful way forward from the current political and economic crisis.  A central principle of the project, therefore, is to center the deep empirical insights possessed by university staff and students at regional universities and young and female researchers and students in knowledge exchanges and mutual learning processes. Read more here

2023 marks the 60 year anniversary for academic collaboration between Bergen and Sudan. Read more here