Published: January 04, 2023 | Siân Herbert & Izzy Birch

Cross-border pastoral mobility and cross-border conflict in Africa – patterns and policy responses

Pastoralism is estimated to be the main livelihood of 268 million people in Africa, and is critically dependent on mobility which facilitates the use of transient resources in areas of high and seasonal rainfall, ecological, and nutritional variability. These landscapes are not confined within state boundaries but require cross-border movement.

This rapid literature review collates information on cross-border pastoral mobility patterns, the connections between this mobility and cross-border conflict systems, and how these are shaped by policy responses in three regions – West Africa / Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and East Africa.

This report was originally published by the GSDRC Resource Centre: GSDRC-Pastoralist-Mobility


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