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Trade networks and gender in West Africa

In West Africa, interpersonal networks between entrepreneurs make food systems both economically efficient and socially unequal In a new paper published with Michel Tenikue and Marie Trémolières in World Development today, we show that economic performance is statistically correlated with centrality in the network. The most prosperous actors in the rice network are those who have … Continue reading Trade networks and gender in West Africa

The diffusion of violence in the Sahel-Sahara

In the West African Sahel and Sahara, armed groups do not limit their attacks to a particular sanctuary, territory or “turf” as urban gangs might. Instead, they move relatively freely across the region, including across state boundaries, and strike at locations that are often far away from each other. The hostages liberated this month by … Continue reading The diffusion of violence in the Sahel-Sahara

CFP: Urbanism at the Margins – Centering African Border Towns and Cities

The African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) organizes its 2019 Annual Meeting on 'Urbanism at the Margins – Centering African Border Towns and Cities' at the University of Lomé, Togo from 16-18 September. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 7th June 2019. Workshop theme Since 2007, ABORNE has hosted an annual workshop or conference … Continue reading CFP: Urbanism at the Margins – Centering African Border Towns and Cities

Towards a more regional approach to health in West Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has made tremendous progress on health since the beginning of the 2000s. Mortality rates, for example, have decreased rapidly, and, as a consequence, the average life expectancy has increased from 50 to 60 years in the last 15 years. Yet, our new study on border cities found that health infrastructure are very unequally … Continue reading Towards a more regional approach to health in West Africa

Delays and checkpoints reduce accessibility in West Africa

Wait times at borders make cities far less accessible. Between Mali, Burkina and Côte d’Ivoire, or in the Futa Jalon, for example, the population that could be reached decreases by 25% because of wait times at borders. This is one of the main findings of our new study on border cities in West Africa, in … Continue reading Delays and checkpoints reduce accessibility in West Africa

Rivalries between Dogon and Fulani in Central Mali

Last month, a Dogon militia massacred 160 Fulani near Bankass in central Mali, more than 1000 km from Bamako. Condemned by the international community, this incident led the Malian President to sack two generals and dissolve Dan Na Ambassagou, the group suspected of originating the attack. Amid growing pressure on insecurity in the country, this event … Continue reading Rivalries between Dogon and Fulani in Central Mali