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Borders, Mobility, Regional Integration and Development

Issues, Dynamics and Perspectives in West, Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
  • Inocent Moyo


  • Assesses human mobility, borders and regional integration in Africa

  • Written from an African perspective

  • Highlights complex historical interconnections on the African continent


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Borders, Mobility and Integration in Africa: Concepts and Issues

  3. Borders, the Governance Question and Integration

  4. Borders, the Transboundary Natural Resources Question and Integration

About this book


This book examines social, economic and political issues in West, Eastern and Southern Africa in relation to borders, human mobility and regional integration. In the process, it highlights the innovative aspects of human agency on the African continent, and presents a range of empirical case studies that shed new light on Africa’s social, economic and political realities. 

Further, the book explores cooperation between African nation-states, including their historical socioeconomic interconnections and governance of transboundary natural resources. Moreover, the book examines the relationship between the spatial mobility of borders and development, and the migration regimes of nation-states that share contiguous borders in different geographic territories. Further topics include the coloniality of borders, sociocultural and ethnic relations, and the impact of physical borders on human mobility and wellbeing.

Given its scope, the book represents a unique resource that offers readers a wealth of new insights into today’s Africa.


Regional integration and development Border studies Human mobility African nation-states Coloniality of borders African worldview Development studies Social, economic and political issues in Africa Easters, Southern and West Africa Transboundary natural resources governance African gender studies Migration in Africa Post-Colonial studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
    • 1
  • Inocent Moyo
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of PretoriaHatfield, PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Geography & Environmental StudiesUniversity of ZululandKwaDlangezwaSouth Africa

About the editors

Dr Christopher Changwe Nshimbi is the Director & a DST/NRF (Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation) Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). His main research interests are in migration, borders, regional integration, the informal economy and water. Chris is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, where he teaches courses on Regional Integration; African and Regional Politics; and African and State Governance. 

Dr Inocent Moyo is a Senior Lecturer at and Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zululand (South Africa). His research interests include migration and development, migration and immigration politics, cross-border trade, regional integration in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), transnationalism, borders and borderlands, and urban informality and governance.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Borders, Mobility, Regional Integration and Development
  • Book Subtitle Issues, Dynamics and Perspectives in West, Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Editors Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
    Inocent Moyo
  • Series Title Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42889-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42892-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42890-7
  • Series ISSN 2198-7262
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-7270
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 187
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African Economics
    Regional Development
    African Politics
    Development and Post-Colonialism
    Development and Social Change
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