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The political economy dynamics of regional organisations in Africa


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What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? What role do regional organisations play in this? What are the incentives and power dynamics at play?

In 2015 and 2016, we aimed to answer these questions by looking at the political economy of six of Africa’s largest regional organisations. Our latest project on the political economy dynamics of regional organisations in Africa (PEDRO) digs even deeper, by looking at no less than 17 organisations. The PEDRO project, carried out with support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), runs from 2016 until 2018.

In early December 2017, we proudly launched the first 30 policy briefs and background papers of the ambitious project. You can download these below, or browse the key highlights of the studies via our interactive online tool – which in addition allows you to explore the history, priorities and members of all 17 organisations.



Click and discover our interactive tool.


Policy briefs and background papers


Multi-topic regional organisations

River basin and resource management organisations

Peace and security organisations


Mapping regional organisations in Africa


Africa is home to numerous regional organisations, such as economic communities, river basin organisations, power pools, and more. On average, African countries are members of 6 regional organisations, with certain countries having joined up to 14.

Key to understanding the role and effectiveness of regional organisations is to understand who is a member of what and why. In the course of our work for the PEDRO project, we have developed an interactive map to illustrate the numerous memberships.

The interactive map covers 40 African organisations for regional cooperation and integration. Discover which countries belong to which organisations and navigate the complex landscape of overlaps.

Click and discover our interactive map.


Questions or ideas?


Do you have any questions or thoughts on the project you would like to share? Please contact project leader Bruce Byiers at bby@ecdpm.org.


Related projects


PERIA project: The political economy of regional integration in Africa (2015-2016)

The 2016-2018 PEDRO project builds on our PERIA project, that looked into the political economy of regional integration in Africa. For more information on the PERIA project, please visit our project dossier.

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PERISA project: The political economy of regional integration in Southern Africa (2012-2013)

In 2012 and 2013, ECDPM and SAIIA partnered to take stock of key political and economic actors and factors that drive regional cooperation and effective integration in a rapidly changing global environment. Fore more information on the PERISA project, please visit our project page.


All our work on regional integration


 

    Regional integration

    Trade and food security in West Africa
    Bruce Byiers, ECDPM blog, 30 October 2017

    Regional organisations in Africa – Mapping multiple memberships
    Bruce Byiers, ECDPM blog, 15 September 2017

    Is the Nile Basin Initiative a ‘regional sailboat’ in choppy geopolitical waters?
    Bruce Byiers, ECDPM Blog, 3 March 2017

    A ‘how to’ note – Doing regional development differently
    Bruce Byiers and Jan Vanheukelom, November 2016

    Drivers and constraints to regional integration in Africa – Brochure
    ECDPM, January 2016

    The political economy of regional integration in Africa – Synthesis report
    Jan Vanheukelom, Bruce Byiers, San Bilal and Sean Woolfrey, January 2016

    The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The African Union
    Jan Vanheukelom, January 2016

    The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The Southern African Development Community (SADC)
    Jan Vanheukelom and Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott, January 2016

    The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The East African Community (EAC)
    Craig Mathieson, January 2016

    The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
    Jean Bossuyt, January 2016

    The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
    Sean Woolfrey, January 2016

    The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
    Bruce Byiers, January 2016

    Advancing East Africa’s development priorities through trade: Making sense of multiple trade integration
    Francis Osiemo, ECDPM Great Insights article, September 2015

    Balancing sustainability goals and economic integration in the EAC
    Francis Osiemo in Bridges Africa, June 2015

    A five lenses framework for analysing the political economy in regional integration
    Bruce Byiers, Jan Vanheukelom and Christian Kingombe, ECDPM discussion paper, May 2015

    The tipping point for African regional integration
    Donald Kaberuka, ECDPM blog, 13 March 2015

    Trade Deals and Reforms in West Africa: Implementation Challenges
    San Bilal and Isabelle Ramdoo in ZEI Regional Integration Observer, March 2015

    Regional dynamics in Africa: High stakes for development
    San Bilal and Jan Vanheukelom, ECDPM discussion paper, March 2015

    Regional Integration (part 2) – Ubuntu in a Cui Bono World?
    Bruce Byiers and Jan Vanheukelom, 5 December 2014

    Regional Integration and the Girl from Goma (part 1)
    Bruce Byiers and Jan Vanheukelom, 28 November 2014

    What Drives Regional Economic Integration? Lessons from the Maputo Development Corridor and the North-South Corridor
    Bruce Byiers and Jan Vanheukelom, ECDPM discussion paper, February 2014

    Political economy of regional integration
    ECDPM Great Insights magazine, October 2013

    PERISA: Political Economy of Regional Integration in Southern Africa
    ECDPM and SAIIA, study undertaken from March 2012 to August 2013

    Corridors of Power or Plenty? Lessons from Tanzania and Mozambique and Implications for CAADP
    Bruce Byiers and Francesco Rampa, ECDPM discussion paper, January 2013

    Various recipes for regional integration
    ECDPM GREAT Insight magazine, November 2012

    Monitoring Regional Integration – tedious or a tool?
    Bruce Byiers, ECDPM blog, 7 November 2012

    Boosting intra-African trade
    ECDPM Great Insights magazine, January/February 2012