Reimagining Regionalism / Overview
Reimagining Regionalism, compiled and edited by Regions Refocus, is a collection of five heterodox and feminist policy papers that address fundamental elements of sustainable development: trade, climate change, fiscal governance, agriculture, and debt. The policy papers emerged from four regional workshops co-convened in 2016 and 2017 in Addis Ababa, Kampala, St. Augustine, and Rabat. The workshops analysed ongoing efforts at market-led regional integration, including the African Continental Free Trade Area, and strategized towards a model of regionalism that benefits workers and facilitates economic transformation. Discussions emphasised the need for analytical clarity with regional specificity, and Reimagining Regionalism was constructed to answer this call by analysing questions of agricultural transformation, debt, and climate change in the context of Africa and the Caribbean.
Written by leading activist intellectuals from the Caribbean (Don Marshall, Mariama Williams, Rosalea Hamilton and Vanus James) and Africa (Mohamed Said Saadi and Tetteh Hormeku-Ajei), the papers (see below) articulate shared imperatives of democratic participation, meaningful policy space, and targeted efforts to stimulate and bolster domestic productive capacities. Authors also presented their policy proposals to governments during the African-Caribbean cross-regional exchange, alongside which they sat down for video interviews (see right) on their papers.
Click to read the whole collection, or read by chapter below:
- Sustainable Development, Fiscal Policy and Participatory Democracy in the Caribbean by Rosalea Hamilton (Institute of Law and Economics, Jamaica) and Vanus James (University of Technology, Jamaica)
- Agriculture, Rural Livelihood, and Structural Economic Transformation in Africa by Tetteh Hormeku-Ajei (Third World Network-Africa)
- North Africa’s Trade Arrangements: Complementarities and Contradictions with the Continental Free Trade Area by Mohamed Said Saadi (Arab NGO Network for Development)
- Crisis Narratives, Debt and Development Adjustment: Contemplating Caribbean Small Island States’ Futures by Don Marshall (Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, the University of the West Indies: Cave Hill)
- The Caribbean and Climate Change: Challenges for Development and Social and Gender Equity by Mariama Williams (South Centre)