Contemporary Regional Development in Africa interrogates well-known concerns in the areas of regionalism and economic integration in contemporary Africa, while offering an added uniqueness by highlighting the capacity imperatives of the issues, and proposing critical policy guideposts. The volume juxtaposes a set of ’dynamic’ entanglements - new and micro-regionalism, informal cross-border trade, intra-African and African FDI plus cross-border investments, infrastructure development, science and technology, regional value-chains, conflict management and regional security - with fluid interpretations of regional development. The chapters provide snapshots of the several emerging and complex regionalisms and highlight a set of relevant and often overlapping analyses - drawing on authors’ nuanced and granular understanding of the African landscape. The varied, yet interlinked, nature of issues covered in this study make the book valuable and attractive to academics, researchers, policymakers and development practitioners.
Kobena T. Hanson is an academic and development practitioner with over 20 year’s hands-on experience. He currently is Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Outlooks, a research consulting and policy advisory firm in Accra, Ghana; and a member of the management team at Causal Links, Washington, D.C., USA. From 2010-2014, he was Head, Knowledge & Learning, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)/lead author of the Africa Capacity Indicators (ACI) Report. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning at West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA. His focus includes development policy, capacity building, knowledge management and livelihood issues. He has researched on these topics in several African countries and authored several books, journal articles, book chapters, and reports. He holds a PhD from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
’At a time when regionalism seems increasingly caught between micro-regional initiatives and mega-regional negotiations, this timely discussion of contemporary regional development in Africa helps to clarify the issues involved. The thematic approach adopted by Kobena Hanson and his co-authors ensures a systematic discussion of the stakes associated with the shift from new regionalism towards twenty-first-century regionalism.’ Daniel Bach, University of Bordeaux, France ’African leaders, scholars and informed citizens see deeper regional integration as the pathway to a more secure and prosperous future. This book, balancing theory and practice, and drawing on different disciplines and regions, provides valuable, and at times controversial, contributions as to how different regional integration arrangements - from the new regionalism to micro-regionalism - may improve the facilitation of human interactions as well as economic productivity and exchanges across borders so as to improve the overall African human condition.’ Moses N. Kiggundu, Carleton University, Canada