1st Edition

The Quest for Unity An Appraisal of Regional Integration in Africa

Edited By Sizo Nkala, David Monyae Copyright 2025
    576 Pages
    by Routledge

    Regional integration was identified many years ago as being critical to Africa’s quest to overcome its colonially induced underdevelopment. To encourage this, several potentially significant programmes or projects have been stillborn or inadequately implemented. A network of relatively stable Regional Economic Communities (RECs) has been established, and one of its most ambitious initiatives – the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – is now being ‘operationalised’. Written in the context of a global economy emerged in stagflation – a combination of stagnation and inflation – this book provides a deeper insight into pertinent conceptual and theoretical issues of vital importance to Africa’s development. It also presents case studies of several of the RECs, as well as the processes involved in constructing the AfCFTA.

    The subject matter of this book includes –

    • African lingua franca and African knowledge systems
    • The African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Regional integration: Mission impossible?
    • Regional electricity integration in Africa

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    Foreword – Rob Davies

    Acknowledgements

    Acronyms and abbreviations

    Map: Regional Economic Communities

    Introduction: The quest for regional integration in Africa

    Sizo Nkala and David Monyae

    PART 1: THEORIES AND CONCEPTS OF REGIONAL INTEGRATION

    Chapter 1: Theories and concepts of regional integration in Africa

    Gilbert Khadiagala

    Chapter 2: The ideological roots of regional integration in Africa

    Rich Mashimbye

    Chapter 3: African lingua franca and African knowledge systems: A framework for integration

    Muxe Nkondo

    PART 2: AFRICA’S REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES AS INSTRUMENTS OF REGIONAL INTEGRATION

    Chapter 4: The Southern African Development Community’s pursuit of regional integration

    Siphamandla Zondi

    Chapter 5: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

    John Akokpari and Emmanuel Ampomah

    Chapter 6: Synergy, ambition and challenges in the expanded East African Community

    Emmanuel Matambo

    Chapter 7: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development and regional integration in the Horn of Africa

    Joseph Makanda

    Chapter 8: The Central African Economic Monetary Community

    Teniola Tayo and Michael Odiji

    PART 3: CONTINENTAL INTEGRATION MECHANISMS

    Chapter 9: The Pan-African Parliament: A catalyst for African integration?

    David Monyae and Sizo Nkala

    Chapter 10: An appraisal of the AU’s Peace and Security Council, 2003–2022

    Bhaso Ndzendze and Anslelm W. Aduminay

    Chapter 11: The African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

    Kingsley Stephen Orievulu

    Chapter 12: The free movement of persons and African integration

    Khabele Matlosa

    PART 4: THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

    Chapter 13: Who trades what with whom? Mapping intraregional trade

    Rod Alence

    Chapter 14: Building continental institutions: The African Continental Free Trade Area

    Sizo Nkala

    Chapter 15: The AfCFTA Protocol on Trade in Goods

    Teniola Tayo and Michael Odijie

    PART 5: INFRASTRUCTURAL INTEGRATION IN AFRICA

    Chapter 16: Regional electricity integration in Africa: The case of the African Single Electricity Market

    Ekeminiabasi Eyita-Okon

    Chapter 17: Transport infrastructure and regional integration in Africa

    Sikanyiso Masuku

    Chapter 18: Digital infrastructure: Creating the backbone for development

    Odilile Ayodele

    Chapter 19: Africa’s Blue Economy infrastructure and its potential for continental integration

    Thokozani Simelani and Francis Mwaijande

    PART 6: THE MEDIA AND EXTERNAL ACTORS IN REGIONAL INTEGRATION

    Chapter 20: The role of the media in driving Africa’s regional integration

    Bob Wekesa

    Chapter 21: The impact of external actors on Africa’s regional integration

    David Monyae

    Conclusion: Regional integration: Mission impossible?

    Sizo Nkala and David Monyae

    Contributors

    Index

    Biography

    Sizo Nkala is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Africa–China Studies, where he produces academic publications, manages commissioned research projects, organizes seminars and interacts with the media. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests include China–Africa relations in the technology, media and economic spheres, African political economy, immigration and global politics.

    David Monyae is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg, and Co-Director of the Centre for Africa–China Studies. Professor Monyae is an international relations and foreign policy expert, with a PhD in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. He previously served as Section Manager: International Relations Policy Analysis at the South African Parliament, providing strategic management, parliamentary foreign policy formulation, and monitoring and analysis services.