AFRIGOS research project examines "respacing" of Africa

An international team of scholars has launched an ambitious new research project on regional integration and international trade in Africa. Based at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, the African Governance and Space (AFRIGOS) programme examines the "respacing" of the continent through the political drive for integration and the reimagining of Africa's engagement with the global economy. Researchers affiliated with the five-year project will study transport corridors, border towns and port cities in East, Central, West and Southern Africa. In West Africa, the project has identified the ports of Lomé (Togo) and Tema (Ghana) as key focus areas as well as border towns connecting Ghana to Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Togo. Through comparative analysis of the selected port cities, border towns and other strategic points along busy transport corridors, the research will investigate whether policy shifts are giving rise to institutions that effectively facilitate the movement of people and goods, enable responsive governance of urban and border areas, and accommodate to the needs of populations whose livelihoods depend on mobility.