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Newsletter No 1: June 2001 - About SARPN... and Map, Omega and the Compact

3. Regional Integration in SADC: new perspectives
Readers might be interested in various new publications dealing with regional integration and regional development in the sub-continent.

The first of these is the SADC Regional Human Development Report 2000, subtitled Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Integration. The wide-ranging report, with some 200 pages of analysis and a further 100 pages of statistical appendices, was released during the recent SADC conference in Windhoek.

Its chapters cover the following areas:

  • Human Development and Regional Integration. This chapter explains the pre-requisites for deep integration, the challenges of deep integration and the links between regional integration and human development.
  • Human Development and Regional Integration: achievements and setbacks. This chapter examines progress towards economic, political and social integration in SADC and introduces a SADC Integration Index to measure such progress.
  • Challenges of Human Development and Regional Integration. This chapter examines the challenges of economic development, peace and security, migration, HIV/AIDS and environment.
  • Regional Integration for Human Development. This chapter examines why SADC has not taken advantage of enormous opportunities to promote deep integration but suggests ways in which SADC can capitalise on its opportunities.
  • The future of SADC. This final chapter summarises the main findings of the report and underscores the policy issues that need attention in order to deep integration and to improve human development in the SADC subregion.
The report was commisioned by the UNDP. The project was executed by a team led by Dr Ibbo Mandaza from SARIPS and the SAPES Trust, based in Harare. The report should be available at UNDP offices in SADC countries.

The second publication is entitled Regional Integration in Southern Africa: comparative international perspec-tives. The book, based on a workshop held during June 2000, is divided into three section. They are Southern Africa and the world: policy-makers perspectives; Southern Africa and the world: analytical perspectives and Comparative International Perspectives. Speakers included Dr Prega Ramsamy, Rob Davies, Pascal Lamy, Pandelani Mathoma and Mark Shaw. The book is edited by Christopher Clapham, Greg Mills, Anna Morner and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos. Further details can be obtained from: 219

The third publication is Strategies for growth and job creation in Southern Africa. The book is the product of a Gaberone conference in May 2000, organised jointly by the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the World Bank. The six key papers are reproduced in the publication with a record of debates and discussion. An extensive summary of the conference is also included. Speakers included Dr Felix Kani of SADC, W.E. Moro of the University of Dar es Salaam, Mohammed El Toukhy of the University of Namibia and Andrew Dabalen, Alan Gelb, Gene Tidrick and Trina Haque of the World Bank. Further details can be obtained from: .

The fourth publication is entitled An alternative view of the Southern African Development Community. Published by the International Labour Resource and Information Group (ILRIG), the publication is primarily intended as an introduction to the topic for unionists, community structures, women's organisations and other progressive groupings. The central message of the analysis is that globalisation is not neutral or inevitable. Further details can be obtained from: .

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