The WAI-ZEI Research Cooperation on "Sustainable Regional Integration in West Africa and Europe" is a bi-regional research project that WAI conducts together with the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn (Germany) between 2012 and 2016. The cooperation between the two institutes already started in 2008. The project deals with the challenges of the West African regional integration process in the fields of politics, economics and institutional capacity development, taking into account a comparative perspective. The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the research cooperation which contributes to a better partnership between Africa and Europe.
Since the start of the ZEI-WAI cooperation in 2010, research workshops for a working group of European and West African scholars, as well as staff exchanges between ZEI and WAI have been conducted with the goal of elaborating innovative research results on regional integration and to support the academic and administrative establishment of WAI as a research institute.
The WAI-ZEI cooperation encompasses
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