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Confronting the Region

Confronting the Region

A profile of Southern Africa Mindful of the future economic and social sustainability of the region, as well as the subcontinent's future in terms of the African Renaissance, this profile provides an understanding of the main developmental and institutional challenges that confront the region. The authors highlight the political, economic and social conditions in the region, and identify common trends.

Economics, development and innovation Open Access

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  • Format: 148mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
  • Pages: 64
  • ISBN 13: 978-07969-2060-7
  • Rights: World Rights

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A profile of Southern Africa Mindful of the future economic and social sustainability of the region, as well as the subcontinent's future in terms of the African Renaissance, this profile provides an understanding of the main developmental and institutional challenges that confront the region. The authors highlight the political, economic and social conditions in the region, and identify common trends. Profiling the current opportunities and challenges that could strengthen or reverse regional integration, the paper reviews the progress made in the promotion of greater regional integration, and investigates the extent to which member states adopt a regional identity.

Preface
About the Authors

1. Introduction

2. Political Context

3. Economic Context

Economic activity and development
Trade and investment patterns in SADC
Labour trends and unemployment patterns
Public sector expenditure
Trends in human development

4. Challenges to Social Development
Food security
HIV/AIDS pandemic

5. The State of the Environment in Southern Africa
Biological resources
Climate
Coastal and marine resources
Urbanisation
Forests and woodlands
Fresh water
Land

6. Regional Integration in Southern Africa
Progress toward regional integration
Challenges to regional integration in southern Africa

7. Regional Infrastructure
‘Peace Parks’
Transport
Communications

Conclusion
Notes
References

Sanusha Naidu is a research specialist in the Integrated Rural and Regional Development Research Programme and the Southern African Regional Network (SARPN). She has published in the areas of African political economy and democratisation and is at present co-leading a project that tracks South African corporate expansion into Africa.

Benjamin Roberts is a research specialist in the Integrated Rural and Regional Development Research Programme and the SARPN. He has extensive experience in the micro-econometric analysis of household surveys and his journal publications deal mainly with issues of poverty measurement, especially from a longitudinal perspective.

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