On 23 June 2002 from 1100 to 1230, ECDPM and TWP Community of Practice jointly organised the online global event ‘Thinking and working politically about regional cooperation and integration’. ECDPM’s Bruce Byiers presented during the event and Kathleen Van Hove hosted the event.
As part of the TWP Community of Practice Global Webinar Series, this online event discussed the experience and challenges of thinking and working politically in regional integration and cooperation in Africa. Building on the lessons from more than a decade of work at ECDPM on the political economy dynamics of regional cooperation and integration, the objective was to gather examples of how and when regional policies have worked, what support for regional integration has consisted of, the challenges faced in making this more politically embedded, and how a TWP approach might look and be applied.
The discussion sought to identify different examples of innovative efforts at supporting regional integration in a politically-informed way to tease out key insights about how these can deliver and move from policy to practice and impact.
Suggested background reading:
See our PEDRO Synthesis report The Political Economy of Africa’s Spaghetti Bowl of regional Organisations
On the need to ‘rewire’ external support to regional integration
On RPG types see Byiers, de Melo et al., 2021 – African regional integration: A problem-driven approach to delivering regional public goods
Other PEDRO-related documents at http://www.ecdpm.org/pedro
Regional map tool: http://www.ecdpm.org/regionalmap
On the AfCFTA and Nigeria and South African roles/processes
On African Regional Responses to COVID-19, 2020
On ‘Doing Regional Development Differently’ – https://ecdpm.org/publications/doing-regional-development-differently/
Watch the recording:
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