Examines some of the orthodoxies around regionalisation and trade in Africa. Reflects on lessons from Europe and Asia regarding development through integration. Emphasizes that transparency, accountability, access to information and realistic management are essential in regional economic communities. Highlights peer review as the most important and potential effective instrument of Nepad, reflecting also on the importance of access to information in the peer review process. Looks at some of the layers of regional organisation that complicate trade agreements on and off the African continent. Reports on second-hand clothing imports and its effect on the textile industries in African countries. Reports on progress in the fight against malaria, referring specifically to the strategies implemented by the Abuja initiative and the Millennium Development goals