Second SWAC Cross-border Co-operation Workshop, 3 September 2015


‌The team met for a second working session to take stock of progress made in the implementation of the 2015-16 cross-border co-operation programme. Combining cartography and social network analysis, the programme helps identify opportunities for cross-border co-operation and the policy measures necessary to support these efforts. The programme is carrying out an inventory of existing cross-border policy networks and conducting a regional analysis to assess the cross-border co-operation potential of 153 sub-regional areas using nine indicators. Data collection through field studies is ongoing. A first wave of interviews has been conducted in the cross-border areas of the Liptako-Gourma Authority (LGA) and the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS). The second wave of interviews will start shortly. In addition, a study is being conducted at the regional level covering ECOWAS member countries plus Chad, Cameroon and Mauritania. 

The working session also provided an opportunity to discuss the final product, a 150-page publication to be published within the OECD West African Studies series by the end of 2016. The report will include new ways of representing cross-border co-operation potentials by highlighting the importance of the actors and their relationship. "We are so much used to a territorial view that we rarely think about regions as nodes in a network of relationships", underlines Olivier Walther, SWAC consultant.

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