No Future for SADC? Perspectives for Regional Integration in Southern Africa after the Mauritius Summit

Heribert Dieter, Henning Melber
Content Type
Working Paper
Institute for Development and Peace
Regional integration in southern Africa, although frequently regarded as a useful and necessary project, seems to have come to a standstill since 1998. After South Africa had joined SADC in 1994, many observers had hoped that the integration project would be seeing rapid progress. When, in August 1996, SADC agreed on the establishment of a free trade area, many observers regarded this as an important step forward (cf. Gibb 1998, p. 303). However, the developments since 1996 are characterised by too few steps forward and too many back. We are witnessing a combination of economic decline and lack of responsible leadership in the region.
International Cooperation, International Organization
Political Geography
Africa, South Africa