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Development In AfricaRefocusing the lens after the Millennium Development Goals$
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Hany Besada and Timothy M. Shaw

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328537

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328537.001.0001

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From regional integration to regionalism in Africa: building capacities for the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda

From regional integration to regionalism in Africa: building capacities for the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda

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(p.251) Nine From regional integration to regionalism in Africa: building capacities for the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda
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Development In Africa
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Cristina D’Alessandro

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447328537.003.0010

This chapter repositions regional processes within the post-MDGs agenda and inquires as to their contribution to its construction. It assesses the progress made towards the achievement of regional integration in Africa at both the macro-regional (the level of regional economic communities (RECs)) and continental (the level of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)) scales. Pointing out the achievements and the limits of regional economic integration, it suggests that sector-specific projects and programs are more likely to succeed in Africa. If such projects and programs focus on development issues that are crucial for African societies, they will be more likely to gather consensus and facilitate the participation of all stakeholders concerned (states, RECs, private sector actors, CSOs, international institutions, etc.), factors strategic for the success of every regional dynamic. The chapter focuses on the capacities that have to be built for an African sector-specific regionalism.

Keywords:   Africa, regionalism, capacity building, sector-specific processes, post-MDGs agenda

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