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The political economy of regional integration in Africa – Synthesis report

What drives and constrains regional organisations?

January 2016

Vanheukelom, J., Byiers, B., Bilal, S., Woolfrey, S. 2016. The political economy of regional integration in Africa - Synthesis report. 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?

The synthesis report summarises the findings of six case studies on the African Union (AU), COMESA, EAC, ECOWAS, IGAD and SADC. The case studies focus on several sectors and policy areas – including peace and security, transport and infrastructure, food security, climate change, gender, trade, energy, conservation and industrialisation.

Read the synthesis 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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