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COFER WelCit: Welcoming Neighbourhoods. Sustainable Migration in North and West African Cities

About the project

The interdisciplinary project “Welcoming Neighbourhoods: Sustainable Migration in North and West African Cities” seeks to understand the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion dynamics among mobile people (internal and external migrants, circular migrants, commuters) in specific neighbourhoods characterised by diversity (in terms of the life histories, and particularly the mobility experiences, of the people who live there) and their contribution to social, economic, and cultural innovation.
With our focus on innovation, we wish to contribute to several of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s goals, in particular Goal 11 (inclusive, safe, resilient and, sustainable cities), Goal 3 (healthy lives and wellbeing), Goal 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions), Goal 12 (sustainable consumption and production), and Goals 8 and 9 (economic performance and work).

Project summary

Partner Institutions

Swiss Partners

Institute for sociological research (IRS), University of Geneva
Prof Dr Sandro Cattacin, Jenny Maggi and Didier Péclard

Haute Ecole du Travial Social (HETS), HES-SO Geneva
Prof. Claudio Bolzman and Théogène-Octave Gakuba

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Manno
Paola Solcà, Anna Jaquinta, Filippo Bignami, Niccolo Cuppini

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU), Lucerne
Dr Gülcan Akkaya and Prof Dr Walter Schmid


South partners

Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, Ivory Coast
Dr Moha Ennaji

Université Pelforo Gon Coulibaly de Korhogo, Ivory Coast
Dr Djedou Martin Amalaman

Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal
Prof Dr Aly Tandian

Université Amadou Mahtar Mbow (Unidak2), Senegal
Dr Serigne Mansour Tall

Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast
Dr Gilbert Fokou

Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal
Prof Dr Mohamadou Sall