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The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU)

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a policy research seminar in Cape Town, from 29 to 30 October 2012, on “The African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU)”. The Cape Town meeting foc…

Adedeji at 80: Moving Africa from Rhetoric to Action

This report informs on the millenium seminar which focused on strengthening Africa’s regional integration efforts and had three important goals: • To review the continent’s socio-economic and political condition and consider the development paradigm…

The African Leadership Forum 2015: "Moving Towards an Integrated Africa"

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the African Union (AU)—the Heads of State and Government expressed their commitment to the enduring Pan-African vision of an ‘integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and…

African Leadership Forum 2017: Peace and Security for an Integrated, United and Sustainable Africa

Achieving peace and security in Africa is of the utmost concern not only due to the immediate, destructive and often fatal outcomes from outbreaks of violence, but also because the presence of conflict undermines the continent’s long-term sustainabl…

South Africa, the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement, and Regional Integration in Southern Africa

Bringing together about 30 government, business, and civil society actors, the July 2018 seminar sought to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and dialogue on the issues raised by the SADC EPA; and to strengthen participants’ capacity to engage…

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…

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…

Bridging the Divide: Integrating SADC's Capital Markets

The Finance and Investment Protocol encourages SADC members to pursue the crossmarket integration of their exchanges. As a result, in the 1990s SADC members collectively embarked on various initiatives to improve coordination and integration in the …

Tana Papers 2019: Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU), which serves as the Secretariat of Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, is pleased to present a collection of policy briefs to inform discussions at the 8th…

MERCOSUR Experience in Regional Integration: What could Africa learn from it?

MERCOSUR is almost thirty years old. The project has achieved relevant accomplishments, but it has also accumulated many unfulfilled objectives and even some setbacks. It began with a very ambitious goal: the constitution of a common market. This am…

The African Union (AU) and Migration: Implications for Human Trafficking in Africa

Through the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (AEC) or Abuja Treaty (1991), the African Union (AU) promotes the formation of Regional Economic Communities (RECs), such as among others, the Economic Community of West African States…

Migration, Peace and Security: What Role for CSOs? Outcomes Report

On 9-10 October 2019, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), and the Gorée Institute jointly organized a two-day multi-stakeholder dialogue on the theme…

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…

Africa's Integration: Not an Option, but an Imperative

Implementation of AfCFTA brings with it prospects of freer trade within the continent, and the development of Africa’s internal markets. AfCFTA has the potential to generate jobs, lift wages, spur innovation, increase competition, create wealth, gen…

Africa’s Integration: Not an Option, but an Imperative

Regional integration based on the principles of cooperation and coordination has been a tool used by countries and groups of countries to accomplish a wide range of objectives. These range from accessing lucrative markets and investments, securing o…

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…

Accelerating Green Energy Transition in Africa Through Regional Integration

This brief examines the challenges towards green energy transition in Africa and the prospect of regional integration in fast-tracking this process. Regional integration as being proposed among African countries can sidestep some of the constraints …

Incorporating Human Security in Regional Integration: The Case of CEMAC

The Paper looks at integration efforts in the Economic Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) but seeks to push human security and development as primary efforts in this integration process. The paper concludes that there should be mor…

Regional Integration in the ECOWAS Region: Challenges and Opportunities

"The originating concept of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is to facilitate free movement of persons and goods within the West African sub-region, has remained largely elusive over time. Prioritization of national int…

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