Regional Economic Communities: Results from a Landscape Analysis of Regional Health Sector Actors in Africa


The African continent has perhaps seen the most pronounced movement towards regionalism. In Africa’s health sector, regional bodies—such as regional economic communities and inter-governmental institutions, as well as regional professional associations and regional networks—have become active contributors to the development and health agendas over the last 10 to 15 years. This report discusses regionalization as a critical trend in Africa and presents findings and conclusions from a landscape analysis of key regional organizations in the African health sector. It contributes to a greater understanding of the relationships, power dynamics, limitations, and strategic advantages of regional bodies in Africa.