UNDP, through the Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), has recently completed a sub-regional strategic assessment of the development context in Central Africa. The Central Africa: A Regional Falling Behind? report is the first in a series of studies taking an explicitly sub-regional approach to analyzing development priorities in Africa.
As an independent think-tank focused on EU-Africa relations, ECDPM has been increasingly engaged in policy research and dialogue around the political economy of regional integration in Africa to better understand the main actors and factors that drive and constrain regional cooperation and integration. Current work is focusing on several organisations in Central Africa, with a view to helping policy-makers and their partners to move from policy to practice.
Central Africa scores at, or close to, the bottom of global development indices – with the ECCAS countries recording the highest incidence of poverty among all African REC blocs, despite their shared mineral and other natural resource wealth. Central African countries also score particularly poorly across governance indicators, with Cameroon, CAR, Chad, DRC, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo among the countries at the bottom of the global indices, underscoring fragility in the region as recent elections has shown. And, Central Africa is the sub-region that has advanced the least across all sub-regions of Africa with regard to the regional integration agenda laid out in the AU’s Vision 2063: Unity, Prosperity and Peace.
Together, UNDP and ECDPM organise a half-day exchange seminar facilitated by ECDPM to present and discuss the UNDP report findings, and to discuss the implications for future policies and programmes in the region.
Please find the full programme here.
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