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Regional Economic Communities

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This book examines how the existence of overlapping regional institutions has presented a daunting challenge to the workings of various Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on the African continent. The majority of the African countries are members of overlapping and, sometimes, contradictory RECs. For instance, in East Africa, while Kenya and Uganda are both members of EAC and COMESA, Tanzania, which is also a member of the EAC, left COMESA in 2001 to join SADC. In West Africa, while all former French colonies belong to ECOWAS, they simultaneously keep membership of UEMOA, an organization which is not recognized by the African Union (AU). Such multiple and confusing memberships create unnecessary duplication and dims the light on what ought to be priority. Various chapters in this book have therefore sought to identify and proffer solutions to related challenges confronting the workings of the RECs in different sub-regions of the African continent. The discourses range from security to the stock exchange, identity integration, development framework, labour movement and cross-border relations. The pattern adopted in the book involves devolution of related discussions from the general to the specific; that is, from the continental level to sub-regional case studies.

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Regional Economic Communities
This book is a product of the CODESRIA 13th General Assembly, 2011
Africa and the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
Regional Economic Communities Exploring the Process of Socio-economic Integration in Africa
Edited by
Akinpelu O. Olutayo Adebusuyi I. Adeniran
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa DAKAR
© CODESRIA 2015
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop, Angle Canal IV BP 3304 Dakar, 18524, Senegal Website: www.codesria.org
ISBN: 978-2-86978-632-5
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Typesetting: Sériane Camara Ajavon Cover Design: Ibrahima Fofana
Distributed in Africa by CODESRIA Distributed elsewhere by African Books Collective, Oxford, UK. Website: www.africanbookscollective.com
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is an independent organisation whose principal objectives are to facilitate research, promote research-based publishing and create multiple forums geared towards the exchange of views and information among African researchers. All these are aimed at reducing the fragmentation of research in the continent through the creation of thematic research networks that cut across linguistic and regional boundaries.
CODESRIA publishesAfrica Development, the longest standing Africa based social science journal;Afrika Zamani, a journal of history; theAfrican Sociological Review; theAfrican Journal of International Affairs;Africa Review of Booksand theJournal of Higher Education in Africa. The Council also co-publishes theAfrica Media Review;Identity, Culture and Politics: An Afro-Asian Dialogue;The African Anthropologistthe and Afro-Arab Selections for Social Sciences. The results of its research and other activities are also disseminated through its Working Paper Series, Green Book Series, Monograph Series, Book Series, Policy Briefs and the CODESRIA Bulletin. Select CODESRIA publications are also accessible online at www.codesria.org.
CODESRIA would like to express its gratitude to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Danish Agency for International Development (DANIDA), the French Ministry of Cooperation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Foundations (OSFs), Trust Africa, UNESCO, UN Women, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Government of Senegal for supporting its research, training and publication programmes.
Contents
Contributors.......................................................................................................................... vii Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 1 Akinpelu O. Olutayo and Adebusuyi I. Adeniran 1.Inter-regionalismAfrica’sas a Mechanism for the Harmonization of Regional Integration Projects ...................................................................................... 7 Bappah Habibu Yaya 2. Regional Development Poles and Self-sustaining Development in Africa ...... 23 Benaiah Yongo-Bure 3. Interrogating Regional Security Arrangements in Africa: The Case of the African Peace and Security Architecture .................................................. 37 Leah Kimathi 4. Regional Financial Integration: Evidence from Stock Markets in the West African Monetary Zone ....................................................................... 51 Terfa Williams Abraham 5. Gender Dimensions of Informal Cross-border Trade in the West African Sub-region (ECOWAS) Borders .............................................................................. 63 Olabisi S. Yusuff 6. Regional Networking and Identity Integration in West Africa: Case Study of Ejigbo-Yoruba in Cote d’Ivoire .......................................................................... 79 Adebusuyi I. Adeniran and Akinpelu O. Olutayo 7. Children's Decision-making Mechanism to Migrate for Work: Theoretical Analysis Applied to West Africa ......................................................... 93 Kabran Aristide Djane 8. Trans-border Banditry and Integration in the West African Sub-region ........ 101 Olayinka Akanle and Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale 9. From State Back to the State: Lessons for ECOWAS Countries .................... 111 Akinpelu O. Olutayo, Olayinka Akanle and Molatokunbo A. Olutayo 10. Policing Irregular Migration in the West African Sub-region: Implications for Regional Integration ................................................................... 123 Ikuteyijo Lanre Olusegun
Contributors
Terfa Williams Abrahamobtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria and a Certificate in Economics of Climate Change from the AERC/UNU-WIDER training in Cape Town, South Africa. An Associate Member of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) and Individual Member of CODESRIA, his research interests are in Financial Markets, Public Finance, Climate Change and Development Economics. He is currently a Research Officer at the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), National Assembly, Abuja, Nigeria.
Adebusuyi Isaac Adeniranis a Lecturer/Researcher in Sociology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and a visiting researcher at The Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Canada. He holds a PhD in Development Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has published in widely acclaimed local and international journals, periodicals, books and encyclopaedias. His recent articles explain the usefulness of an endogenous development framework in West Africa (Critical Sociology, Sage, 2012) and the dynamics of cross-border relation in the ECOWAS sub-region (Blackwell, 2013). He is a recipient of the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant (Canada 2011) and CODESRIA’s Comparative Research Network Grant (2012) among other scholarly awards.
Olayinka Akanle istheSociology, Faculty of a Lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has published extensively in books, encyclopaedias and learned journals, both locally and internationally, including; Akanle, O. and Olutayo, A.O., 2012, ‘Ethnography of Kinship Constructions among International Returnees in Nigeria: Proverbs as the Horses of Words’,Journal of Anthropological Research.68.2; Olutayo, A.O and Akanle, O., 2009, ‘Fast Foods in lbadan Metropolis: An Emerging Consumption Pattern’,Africa, 79.2, pp. 207-227.
Kabran Aristide DjaneSociologyis a Lecturer/Researcher at the Department of and Anthropology, University of Korhogo, Ivory Coast. He is a specialist in population and development studies. He focuses his research on African fieldworks by applying modelling in social sciences. He has modelled children’s environmental behaviour in many of his research works. He is currently working on multilevel analysis in children agencies.