Regional Integration, Identity and Citizenship in the Greater Horn of Africa

Regional Integration, Identity and Citizenship in the Greater Horn of Africa

Redie Bereketeab

Edited by Kidane Mengisteab


James Currey



Examines how regional integration can resolve the crises of the Greater Horn of Africa, exploring how it can be used as a mechanism for conflict resolution, promoting the economy and tackling issues of identity and citizenship.
The Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) is engulfed by three interrelated crises: various inter-state wars, civil wars, and inter-communal conflicts; an economic crisis manifested in widespread debilitating poverty, chronic food insecurity and famines; and environmental degradation that is ravaging the region. While it is apparent that the countries of the region are unlikely to be able to deal with the crises individually, there is consensus that their chances of doing so improve markedly with collective regional action.

The contributors to this volume address the need for regional integration in the GHA. They identify those factors that can foster integration, such as the proper management of equitable citizenship rights, as well as examining those that impede it, including the region's largely ineffective integration scheme, IGAD, and explore how the former can be strengthened and the latter transformed; explain how regional integration can mitigate the conflicts; and examine how integration can help to energise the region's economy.

Kidane Mengisteab is Professor of African Studies and Political Science at Penn State University; Redie Bereketeab is a researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden.

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October 2012
6 line illustrations
280 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Eastern Africa Series
ISBN: 9781847010582
Format: Hardback
James Currey
BISAC POL053000, SOC002010
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Table of Contents

PART I: Relevance of Integration to Identity and Citizenship
Relevance of Regional Integration in the Greater Horn Region - Kidane Mengisteab
Re-conceptualizing Identity, Citizenship and Regional Integration in the Greater Horn Region - Redie Bereketeab
A Diversity Perspective on Identity, Citizenship and Regional Integration in the Greater Horn of Africa - PART II: Critical Factors in Integration - Fowsia Abdulkadir
Invisible Integration in the Greater Horn Region - Gaim Kibreab
Nationalist, Sub-nationalist, and Region-wide Narratives and the Quest for Integration-promoting Narratives in the Greater Horn Region - Assefaw Bariagaber
Infusion of Citizenship, Diversity and Tolerance in the Education Curriculum: Promoting Regional Integration and Peace in the Greater Horn Region - Abdinur S. Mohamud
Radio and the Propagation of anti- and pro-Ethiopian Narratives in Somalia - PART III: Lessons from Selected African Integration Schemes - Ali N. Mohamed
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD): A Critical Analysis - Redie Bereketeab
The East African Community: Can it be a Model for Africa's Integration Process? - Francis A.S.T. Matambalya
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Quest for Community Citizenship: Any Lessons for the Horn of Africa? - Cyril I. Obi