Linking borderlands research and policy in Africa and Europe
Hosted at the Laboratory of Studies and Research on Social Dynamics and Local Development (LASDEL) in Niamey, Niger, this regional conference on cross-border co-operation and regional integration covered strategies to address the global migration crisis, increasing securitisation 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 on-going 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 West Africa 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.