The Niger-Nigeria Risks Assessment Project examines different dimensions of ‘Risk’ in Niger through a study of observable facts illustrating issues of fragility, instability and conflict-generation in this country, as well as from the perspective of trans-border exchanges between Niger and Nigeria.
The project comprises three main research directions and mobilizes 12 qualified researchers, 8 from Niger and 4 from Nigeria. They aim at gathering new empirical data on these topics which have so far generally been treated quite superficially in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. The team wishes to harness a reflection on the potentially dangerous character of these activities. It aims at identifying early warning signs and formulates recommendations to help preventing risk.
The program would include a synthesis of knowledge locally generated in Niger/Nigerian universities in the form of Masters and Ph.D. theses, thorough fieldwork, working seminars and the publication of scientific results on leading scholarly digital platforms and/or journals. The joint program would also go beyond the linguistic divide by bringing together scholars from Niger and Nigeria.
Project Leader: Institut français de recherche en Afrique (IFRA)
Project Associate: Laboratoire d’études et de recherches sur les dynamiques sociales et le développement local (www.lasdel.net)
Coordinator: M. Gérard Chouin
Total funding: 99 999 €
Maximal support brought by CSFRS: 99 999 €
Begining and duration of Project: 18 october 2011, 11 mois