1st Edition

The Finances of Regional Organisations in the Global South Follow the Money

Edited By Ulf Engel, Frank Mattheis Copyright 2020
    296 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses a major gap in the longstanding research on regional organisations: how do their finances work and what do they reveal about the region-building process? It brings together an empirically rich collection of chapters written by experts of regional organisations in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

    Based on the insights on thirteen regional organisations as well as two chapters dedicated to the influence of external funders, the editors develop typologies to cluster regional organisations according to their financial characteristics: the size of budgets, the sources of funding and the criteria to calculate contributions. Through analysing the process of budgeting and resourcing, the book sheds light on the different nature and functioning of these organisations existing outside of the Global North and puts a specific emphasis on regional organisations in the area of security in Africa and the Global South. It provides explanations to why members pay or do not pay and how budgeting works, and it deals with data availability, the role of donors, overlapping regionalism, cultural transfers between regional organisations and the impact on regional actorness.

    This volume will be of key interest to scholars and students of African studies and politics, the Global South, the finances of international organisations, comparative regionalism, international political economy and international relations.


    Carlos Lopes

    1. The Finances of Regional Organisations in the South: Challenges of studying a neglected facet of regionalism

    Ulf Engel and Frank Mattheis

    Part I: Africa

    2. The Finances of the African Union (AU)

    Ulf Engel

    3. The Finances of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP)

    Jens Herpolsheimer

    4. The Finances of the East African Community (EAC)

    HabibuYaya Bappah

    5. The Finances of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLC)

    Nickson Bondo Museka

    6. The Finances of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD)

    Mulugeta Gebrehiwot

    7. The Finances of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

    Frank Mattheis

    8. Mapping and Problematising External Funding to the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities

    Sören Stapel and Fredrik Söderbaum

    9. Modernising the Partnership between Donors and Regional Organisations in Africa: The case of the African Union Commission

    Jan Vanheukelom

    Part II: The Arab World, Latin America and Asia

    10. The Finances of the League of Arab States (LAS)

    Ali A. Soliman

    11. The Finances of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)

    Anne Marie Hoffmann

    12. The Finances of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR)

    Karina Lilia Pasquariello Mariano and Clarissa Correa Neto Ribeiro

    13. The Finances of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

    Anne Marie Hoffmann

    14. The Finances of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

    Sandra Destradi

    15. The Finances of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO)

    Stephen Aris and Kateryna Boguslavska

    16. The Finances of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

    Thomas Ambrosio

    17. Towards a New Typology of Regionalism: A comparative approach to the finances of regional organisations

    Ulf Engel and Frank Mattheis


    Ulf Engel is a professor at the Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany. He is also visiting professor at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a professor extraordinary at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

    Frank Mattheis is a researcher at the Institut d’études européennes (IEE), Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and an associate researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

    "To understand how regional organisations work, we need insight into their financing. Money matters in organisations, and the authors in this volume help us navigate the politics of budgets in regional integration projects. Particularly in the global South, when capacity is often weak, financing structures can tell us a lot about power and priorities in regional organisations. This fine volume offers both theory and empirical cases that shine a light on the realities of regional cooperation in the developing world." - Julia Gray, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    "With its welcome emphasis on non-Western international organizations, The Finances of Regional Organisations in the Global South addresses an important empirical lacunae in the burgeoning literature on IO financing. The comparative analysis of regional organisations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America provides impressive breadth and sheds new light not only on how funding at these organisations works, but also on how they compare to their more familiar global counterparts." - Erin R. Graham, Drexel University, USA.