Mapping Africa Transformations


Instability has been growing in the Sahel and West Africa as transnational violent extremist organisations have proliferated. As a result, violent events have become more frequent and civilian casualties have increased. Our tools help policy makers to better understand the spatial dynamics of violence which leads to better designed, place-based and contextualised policies.

In the first six months of  2021, 60% of the victims of violent incidents in North and West Africa were located within 100 kilometres of a border. Almost half of them were civilians. The growing scale of transnational conflicts and groups, against a backdrop of increasingly complex dynamics, underscores the need for spatial tools that demonstrate how borders shape patterns of political violence.

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Borders and conflict in North and West Africa

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Conflict networks in North and West Africa

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