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The political economy of regional integration in Africa – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

January 2016

Woolfrey, S. 2016. The political economy of regional integration in Africa - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Maastricht: ECDPM.

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Together with Palladium and the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi, ECDPM undertook a big research project from July 2014 until February 2016. This PERIA (political economy of regional integration in Africa) project aimed to answer the following questions: what drives and constrains regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this?

This case study looks at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and focuses on trade, energy and gender.


Read the COMESA report


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More information about PERIA


For more information about the PERIA project and to read the different case studies, have a look at our dossier on the PERIA project.

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