Based on migration dynamics in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, this edited volume focuses on the activities of grassroots and informal non-state actors. The authors explore cross-border economic activities, migration governance issues, the regional integration project of the SADC, and implications for sustainable development in Africa. Examining the apparent success of immigrant entrepreneurs operating in cities of economically depressed countries such as Zimbabwe, it also discusses the role of local authorities in managing migration to achieve development. Thus, the book is centred on human mobility, the building of cohesive communities between immigrants and indigenous people, the informal economic activities of cross-border traders and undocumented migrants, and regional integration, providing a multidisciplinary and rich source of knowledge for scholars interested in African politics, labour, migration and economy.
Christopher Changwe Nshimbi is a Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (DST/NRF) Research Fellow and the Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Christopher has participated in and sits on regional and international technical working groups on migration, the integrated water sector, social protection and well-being.
Inocent Moyo is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Zululand, South Africa. Inocent is a seasoned researcher on the issues of migration and development, immigration politics, cross-border traders, regional integration in the SADC, transnationalism, and urban informality and governance. He has published and presented internationally on these topics. He serves in the Steering Committee of the International Geographical Union's (IGU) Commission on Political Geography and is a member of the Association of Borderlands Studies and The African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE).
1. History, Trends and Dynamics of Cross-Border Movements and Trade in the SADC Region; Christopher Changwe Nshimbi and Inocent Moyo.- 2. Mozambican Labour Migrations, Remittances and Development: Evidence, Practices and Implications for Policy; Sara Mercandalli, Christopher Changwe Nshimbi and Inocent Moyo.- 3. Zimbabwean Cross-Border Traders in Botswana and South Africa: Perspectives on SADC Regional Integration; Inocent Moyo.- 4. Congolese Skilled Migrant Workers' Strategies for their Professional Inclusion in Pretoria and a Negotiation of South Africanisation for Employment; Saint-José Inaka.- 5. Thriving Chinese Migrant Entrepreneurship in a Deteriorating Socio-Economic Environment in Zimbabwe; Maureen Kademaunga.- 6. An Analysis of the Role and Regulation of Zimbabwean Cross-Border Traders; Pamhidzai Hlezekhaya Bamu.- 7. Cashing in on Mobility: Cross-Border Shopping and the Political Economy of the Zimbabwe - South African Borderland; Nedson Popiwa.- 8. The Tenacity and Lasting Reality of Cross-Border Movements and Trade in the SADC Region; Inocent Moyo and Christopher Changwe Nshimbi.