WAI hosts the Workshop on Regional Normative Coherent Project Praia, Cabo Verde, 26-27 April, 2016

Gr picture RISCOrganized by the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC), University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with the West Africa  Institute (WAI), the workshop titled «Regional Normative Coherent Project» was held at the conference room of the West Africa Institute, Praia, Cabo Verde, from 26th to 27th April, 2016. Participants from the RISC Consortium who took part in the session were:

  • Prof. Harlan Koff, Chairman of RISC, University of Luxemburg
  • Prof. Lauri Siitonen, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Dr. Christopher Nshimbi, co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Ms. Sandra Häbel, Ph.D candidate, University of Luxembourg.

Participants from WAI were:

  • Prof. Djénéba Traoré, Director General of WAI
  • Mr. Sidy Mariko, Master Student, Pan African University for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS), Yaoundé, Cameroun
  • Mr. Oyewole Simon Oginni Master Student, Pan African University for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS), Yaounde, Cameroun.

The initial focus of the workshop was to examine whether different world regions comprise human rights approaches to their development policies in the fields of food security, water security, climate security and migration through the OECD’s building blocks for PCD which include: the declaration of general political will, policy implementation, policy monitoring and evaluation. However, further discussion suggested that OECD’s framework would not be appropriate to address values, principles and norms of different regional organization in relation to EU. Therefore, after several exchanges, an elaborate approach was sought to address comparative regional normative coherence policy with EU. Variables introduced include: (1) Core Regional Values, Principles and Norms, Regional Sustainable Development Norms (Commitment to Equity and Commitment to Equality), (2) Regional Commitment to Sustainable Development: Implementation Mechanisms, (3) Normative PCD and Inter-regionalism with the EU; (4) Inter-regional Commitments to Sustainable Development and (5) PCD (Norms vs. Political and Economic Interests). The new approach is to address the central question of ‘who benefits from regional integration policy, analyzing from norms, principles and values of the selected regional organizations (ECOWAS, EU, CAN, ASEAN and SADC). 

Guided by the new elaborate approach, a working paper was agreed to be developed and a time deadline was set for each group from different region groups to fill the table developed in the course of the two-day workshop. The deadline for submitting the filled tables for a working paper was 5th May, 2016 while the deadline for submitting contributions to an edited book chapter was scheduled to 01 September, 2016. A broad format for the proposed book was developed.

The ssuccessful and intense work was completed in good humor by an exchange of documents.

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