The 2015-16 thematic cycle analyses major challenges and opportunities of cross-border co-operation in West Africa using a relational approach based on cartography and policy network analysis. Three key questions are addressed: 1) What is the relevant scale of activity for cross-border co-operation?; 2) How do cross-border policy networks work?; and 3) How can a network approach applied to cross-border co-operation help decision-making?
The Atlas addresses the security challenges in the Sahara-Sahel areas through the mobility characteristic of its territories, populations and the socio-economic networks that connect them. It offers an integrated and regional analysis of these areas shared by eight countries (Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia). Its analysis contributes to policy dialogue on the strategies for the Sahel. Three activities were part of the cycle: Atlas | Forum | Pastoral livestock
The study highlights the main features of settlement (from 1950 to 2050), agriculture and food security. It provides an analytical framework and tools with which policies can be refined to better anticipate the coming changes. A Statistical Mapping and Regional Analysis Tool (SMART) allows users to generate customised maps and charts using population indicators for all West African countries and for the region. Updated settlement data is available within Africapolis.