SADC: Living with a powerful neighbour

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December 2017

Vanheukelom, J. SADC: Living with a powerful neighbour. ECDPM policy brief, December 2017.

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What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 regional organisations in Africa.

This policy brief analyses why the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and national level stakeholders operate as they do, with illustrations from the regional industrialisation and energy agendas.

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The policy brief is based on a background paper that was prepared in March 2017.

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More information about the project

Our PEDRO project (‘The political economy of dynamics of regional organisations in Africa’) looks into the political economy dynamics of 17 regional organisations in Africa.

The study, carried out with support from the German ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ), will try to understand the actors and factors that shape how regional organisations play their role in promoting regional integration and cooperation.

For more information and to see our other 29 studies, have a look at our PEDRO dossier:

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