Uppsala Anthropologists are regularly commissioned to conduct studies and provide advice for state organisations, NGOs or private companies.
One example of such a commissioned research is Sten Hagberg's work for Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to conduct a social analysis in Mali. Starting from poor people's perspectives and experiences of work and employement, the social analysis is geared towards the realities of people living in poverty in Mali in relation to constraints and opportunities prevailing in local social arenas with a particular focus on structures, processes and institutions of exclusion and inclusion. Fieldwork, conducted in November-December 2008, relied on qualitative research methodology combining conventional anthropological methods and techniques, rapid appraisals and the reading of scientific and ‘grey’ literature. Three sites were selected for fieldwork: Gongasso in the Sikasso region; Dialakoro in the Koulikoro region; and Gouana at the outskirts of Bamako.