Linking borderlands research and policy in Africa and Europe


Niamey, Niger, 29 November - 1 December 2017

Hosted at the Laboratory of Studies and Research on Social Dynamics and Local Development (LASDEL) in Niamey, this regional conference on cross border co-operation and regional integration covered strategies to address the global migration crisis, increasing securitization of Africa’s borders in the midst of a growing terrorist threat and demands for regional  trade promotion and market development.


The conference provided a platform to disseminate key findings from the Sahel and West Africa Club's (SWAC) publication on cross-border co-operation and policy networks resulting from ongoing collaboration between SWAC and the Sahel Research Group of the University of Florida. A joint presentation was made by SWAC, the University of Florida and the University of Niamey on cities and borders in West Africa. 


The event which brought together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the West Africa region and beyond, attempted to identify commons areas for future collaboration particularly in the area of border management by bridging the gap between research and policy.  


The conference was convened by Prof Gregor Dobler (University of Freiburg), Dr Mareike Schomerus (Overseas Development Institute), in collaboration with LASDEL Niamey and Point Sud Bamako.


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Contact: Marie Trémolières ([email protected]). 


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