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.
"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.
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)
3. The Finances of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP)
4. The Finances of the East African Community (EAC)
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)
7. The Finances of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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
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)
15. The Finances of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO)
Stephen Aris and Kateryna Boguslavska
16. The Finances of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
17. Towards a New Typology of Regionalism: A comparative approach to the finances of regional organisations
Ulf Engel and Frank Mattheis
The African Politics and International Relations series seeks to provide readers with a conceptual and comparative perspective on transformations associated with the rise of Africa in international relations and within the global economy. The series explores the empirical and theoretical implications of the engagement of both old and new players, the redefinition of the continent's politics, socio-economic transitions and changing patterns of region-building, both within Africa and with the global South. The series, through its focus on the reappraisal of the role and conception of African agency, seeks to provide readers with a comprehensive, accessible, and insightful treatment of issues that challenge conventional understandings and representations of Africa.