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ECOWAS and Regional Integration Development in West Africa

  1. Research Associate, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa, No. 4 Dep Street Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja FCT, Nigeria
Version 1 : Received: 16 November 2016 / Approved: 18 November 2016 / Online: 18 November 2016 (09:51:50 CET)

How to cite: Yusuf, M. ECOWAS and Regional Integration Development in West Africa. Preprints 2016, 2016110096 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0096.v1). Yusuf, M. ECOWAS and Regional Integration Development in West Africa. Preprints 2016, 2016110096 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0096.v1).

Abstract

The new global development agenda, the sustainable development goals (SDGs), accord critical roles to regional integration as part of the major springboards that can enhance rapid development outcomes, especially in the developing world. Given the ambitious nature of the new world development order, collaborations that leverage on local knowledge and skills transfer for efficient resource utilization among countries in the same regional bloc remain germane to the realization of SDG targets. In this regard, this study provides a concise critical appraisal on the extent to which ECOWAS has been able to foster effective and deeper integration in West Africa. Based on careful review of appropriate literature, the study assesses the degree to which the organization has been able to achieve its agenda, focusing on the successes and challenges recorded, as well as political commitments to the regional body. Of particular importance is the extent to which ECOWAS takes cognizance of the need to re-shape its agenda towards fostering inclusive development in the areas of education and health in the region. The report is expected to provide background that could motivate discussion on the future prospects of economic integration in the sub-region.

Subject Areas

regional integration; economic development; ECOWAS; inclusive development

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