Borders, security and development in West Africa

The most recent issue of the West African Papers series looks at Borders, Security and Development in West Africa. While West Africa is a pioneer of regional integration, the gap between the set of standards adopted by regional organisations and the functional reality in border areas persists. Moreover, ensuring security in border areas remains a key challenge. Cross-border regions are the most deadly areas in North and West Africa: Between 2007 and 2019, 42% of violent events occurred within 100 kilometres of a land border. It is necessary to strengthen the links between capitals and peripheral regions, particularly with border cities, and to include a spatial dimension in conflict analysis and resolution.


Read the paper (French)