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View Metrics. Email alerts New issue alert. They collectively provide a solid reality check on the SADC's limitations and problems. There are two regrettable omissions of [End Page ] basic information. Mbuende correctly makes repeated references to SADC being 'unable to provide adequate resources and sufficient staffing to their Secretariat [ Even more frustrating is the lack of quantification on the SADC personnel establishment.
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Mbuende, in addition to the quotes above, mourns that 'The bottom line is the number of staff that member states are willing to finance in the Secretariat' 56 but nowhere states how many posts they do have. Landberg alludes to the Secretariat's 'limited staff' 64 , 'continues to be understaffed' 70 , 'suffered from weak strategic management, poor administrative systems and weak technical competencies' This reviewer's research indicated a number of years ago that the SADC Secretariat numbered under persons, but it would be good to have this confirmed or corrected, and updated.
Equally important would be to inform scholars how many posts on the SADC establishment are for econometrists, statisticians, and trade lawyers. Mzukisi Qobo is another contributor whose excellent analytic chapter succinctly draws our attention to a historic irony. His detailed account of the EU's brusque strategy and tactics ought to be compulsory reading for all foreign policy journalists who glibly criticise our Government for its anti-western bias. It should also be prescribed reading for all students and negotiators-in-training. Another strength of this book is David Monyae's chapter on the development finance institutions, often overlooked in literature on African integration.
Dzinesa Bibliography show more. Review quote 'This is likely to be one of the most important books of this decade on region building in Southern Africa.
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The volume contains chapters by a highly esteemed group of scholars and policy makers. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand region building in Africa in general and Southern Africa in particular. I highly recommend it for use in the classroom and by policy makers and civil society. Lee, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 'The book provides a systematic overview of southern Africa as a region, discussing the diverse dynamics that energise the sub-continent and which both contribute to and undermine coherent integration and development.
Comprehensive and well-written, the contributions shed a timely light on a part of Africa that is said to be currently 'emerging'. Readers of this volume will be equipped to be able to make their own judgements on such an assertion'.
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Andrews 'While this is not the first book that tries to get a better understanding of the processes, actors and institutions involved in the formation of a functional region, this volume is unique in several ways. One is that it takes a broadly Pan-African approach to the analysis. The second is that it draws together reputable analysts with diverse expertise on regional integration.
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The third is that it is a product of a high-level policy seminar and thus offers fresher perspectives on topical issues of today. Lastly, it provides the basis for further and deeper research of key dynamics that could propel regional integration forward. This is a useful addition to the literature on regional integration in southern Africa. This book will be indispensable to all who wish to understand Southern Africa and its regional dynamics.