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Assessment of Internal and External Risks Associated with the Implementation of the African Union's Agenda 2063

Agenda 2063 represents a transformative vision of the African Union (AU) to achieve “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena” (AUC 2014). In celebration of the 5…

Making Climate Finance Work For Africa: Using NDCs to Leverage Climate Finance for Innovation Systems Building

Climate change finance mechanisms such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) were previously designed in ways that would only benefit large developing countries like China and India that have enhanced technological capacity and capabilities, pr…

Africa Capacity Indicators 2013: Capacity Development for Natural Resource Management/ Rapport Sur Les Indicatuers de Capacités en Afrique 2013: Renforcement des Capacités Pour La Gestion des Ressources Naturelles

This year's Report, the third in a series, focuses on an issue of great importance to Africa: natural resource management. The Report is holistic, yet focused on what African countries need to do individually and collectively to achieve effective …

Security and Development in the Horn of Africa: Emerging Powers, and Competing Regionalisms

Emerging powers are becoming centers for varieties of conflict as well as development. With a focus on the complexities of the Horn of Africa, we highlight non-traditional security (NTS) – transnational challenges including ‘fragile states’, terrori…

The Republic of South Sudan: Progress, Prospects and Challenges of Regional Integration

Belonging to one or more regional blocks is very popular in Africa as could be seen from the plethora of multiple membership of countries. South Sudan is no exception in such effort. The purpose of this research is to assess the extent to which the …

Regional Integration in the Horn of Africa: Is Prime Minister Abiy's Initiative an Institution ahead of its Time?

The Horn of Africa has long suffered a plethora of authoritarian regimes, social and political unrest, civil and interstate wars and catastrophic famine. The selection of Mr Abiy Ahmed as the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia ushered in a new era that…

Operationalising the SADC Regional Development fund

Infrastructure development, as an enabler of economic growth and catalyst for poverty alleviation, is an integral part of the economic development agenda of most African countries. New estimates by the African Development Bank suggest that the cont…

West Africa Insight Vol 5 no.2: Morocco's Accession to ECOWAS

This journal comprises several articles. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has to decide whether Morocco's application to join should be accepted or thrown out. Jibrin Ibrahim in his article 'Morocco and ECOWAS: Picking Cherries…

Deepening Integration in SADC: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

The objective of this lecture was to stimulate a critical and high-level discourse on regional integration with specific focus on the SADC region. The main objective of this lecture was to understand the current state of affairs within the SADC regi…

COVID-19 and Regional Integration in Southern Africa: South Africa's Moment of Truth

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold hardship across the world and Africa is not being spared. COVID-19 also tests the basic assumptions upon which the liberal international order is built, including the return to the primacy of national interest…

How an IGAD Regional Maritime Council can Boost Trade

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region spans geostrategic waterways of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean. In ancient times, these routes were a conduit for African trade to and from Arabia, India and be…

Best of the Africa Portal: Our 10 most popular research papers

Launched in September 2010, our research repository has evolved from a small collection into a leading open access knowledge resource for African policy issues. Painstakingly curated, with thousands of research documents from partner institutes in a…

Morocco's accession to ECOWAS 'will do more harm than good'

One of the most important topics for discussion in West Africa at the moment is Morocco's application to become a full member of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), the continent’s most active regional economic community. At a h…

Africa with open borders: A possibility or a pipe dream?

Whether described as ‘African Unity’ or ‘integration’, and whether for ideological or pragmatic reasons, overcoming the fragmentation of the continent has been an enduring theme in African statecraft since the 1960s. The borders dividing Africa’s 55…

As the AU spotlights corruption, leaders must now walk the talk in combating it

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari launched the theme for this year's African Union summit with a fanfare of clichés, such, perhaps, because they reflect truth. “Corruption is indeed one of the greatest evils of our time,” he told leaders of the 55…

Forget bugging - The African Union needs to be in China

Arriving in Beijing for his first visit as Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat is likely to receive an impressive welcome. Not only because he is visiting just weeks after a scandal that Chinese authorities reportedly “b…

Will the ‘Ramaphosa dawn’ ripple across SADC?

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently completed his first official tour of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region since becoming South Africa’s fifth president, visiting Angola, Botswana and Namibia. South Africa chairs SADC this year…

5 takeaways from the 31st AU summit

The 31st African Union summit concluded on Monday, 2 July 2018, in Mauritania’s desert capital of Nouakchott. While security dominated discussions, there was some good news about the budget too. Carien du Plessis attended the summit and filed this r…

SADC Summit: Reviving regional momentum tops the agenda

Following the 38th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit which took place on 17-18 August 2018 in Namibia, questions around the region’s economic integration and development progress arose once more. Over the past year, much attention…

Sisi’s chairmanship is not the tonic the African Union currently needs

No amount of books, policy documents or research articles could have provided a more symbolic explanation of the paradoxical existence of the African Union (AU) than the picture of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame handing over the reins of the chairpe…

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